Silene dioica

Red campion

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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Silene dioica
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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.

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Silene

Species: diocia

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 80cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: March to October

Time to divide plants: September to November, March to April

Flowering period: April to July

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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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