Red campion, Silene dioica

Silene dioica

Red campion

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does flower in May

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Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Silene dioica
  • Common name: Red campion
  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Silene dioica

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / boggy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow

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Plant
Plant

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

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Collect seeds
Collect seeds

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Silene dioica and wildlife

Silene dioica is known for attracting bees and butterflies​/​moths. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Silene dioica poisonous?

Silene dioica has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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