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Red campion, Silene dioica, is a pretty, low-maintenence wildflower, bearing delicate pink flowers on tall, rich green stems. Eventually forming bold clumps, Silene dioica is often found growing wild in woodlands and roadside verges. It's easy to grow and tolerant of most soils, but can struggle in acidic conditions.
Silene dioica makes a good addition to a rockery or partially shaded corner, and is a great addition to a moist wildflower meadow. For best results grow in sun to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil. Cut back stems after flowering to encourage a second flush.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to October
Time to divide plants: September to November, March to April
Flowering period: April to July
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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