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Silene dioica

Red campion

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This little pinky-red meadow flower is often found in the wild growing in woodlands and in the verges of country roads. It's easy to grow and makes a good addition to a rockery or semi-shaded patch in need of some colour. The clump-forming plant is hardy and will tolerate most soils, although it can struggle to cope with very acid ground. It has rich green leaves that appear in spring, and has a long flowering period right through until the start of autumn. It is a low-maintenance plant that only needs dividing later in the year if it has become too large. It's also fairly pest-free, and doesn't seem to attract much attention from slugs and snails.

Genus: Silene

Species: dioica

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

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This is a great plant for a wildlife garden. Tiger moth caterpillars feed on the leaves in spring but this doesn't bother the plant too much. As soon as it flowers the bees are all over it and it flowers for ages, a great plant that is full of colour.

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