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Red Campion

Silene dioica

Also known as

Red Catchfly, English Maiden, Adder's Flower, Red Cockle, Poor Robin, Red Lychnis, Robins, Ragged Jack, Soldiers, White Soapwort, Devil's Flower, Hare's Eye

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Red Campion Overview

Silene dioica is a short-lived, semi-evergreen perennial species from the Caryophyllaceae family. It produces attractive 5-petalled, pink-red flowers up to 2cm wide and it is commonly known by the names Red Campion and Red Catchfly, amongst others. Foliage is downy and flowers are produced from late spring onwards, they have deeply notched petals and lead onto attractive seed capsules. This species is dioecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants.

Common problems with Red Campion

How to propagate Red Campion

Seed

Cuttings

You can propagate from seeds in the spring or early autumn or from cuttings in spring.

Special features of Red Campion

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Red Campion

Wildflower/meadow

Hedgerow and Verges Mixed

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