Red Campion

Silene dioica

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

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A pink flower on a plant
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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.

Planning

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Special features

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Northern and central Europe

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Sand

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Flower colour

Red, Pink

Scent

None