Red campion

Silene dioica

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Conservation Status

Green, least concern

Best Time to See

May, June, July, August

Natural Habitat

Lowland, shady sites, woods, hedge banks, scree, cliffs. It is a common sight along rural roadside verges.

A splash of pink found on many a roadside verge in late spring and summer as the bluebells begin to fade.

It is closely related to the rarer white campion.

How to spot it
Deep pink flowers 20mm across with notched petals on a softly hairy plant up to 1m tall. Opposite, oval, softly hairy leaves with hairy stems.

Did you know…
In the Language of Flowers red campion symbolises gentleness.

The first part of red campion’s scientific name – Silene – comes from the Greek woodland God Silenus. He is often depicted as drunk and was the tutor of the God of Wine, Dionysus. Why? Silenus was often covered in sticky foam (his name comes from sialon, the Greek word for “saliva”). Female red campion flowers also produce a froth that helps catch pollen from visiting insects.

It is also known as Batchelors’ buttons which suggests it was once worn as a buttonhole by young unmarried men. Other local names include Johnny Woods, Ragged Jack and Scalded Apples.

Flowers open during daylight to attract the butterflies and bees.

www.plantlife.org.uk for more information

SHOP FOR Red campion

SHADE MIX

A mix of British native wildflowers that are ideal for shadier areas of your garden and balcony. While these will struggle in total shade (as would all flowers!), this mix is designed for spots which receive only dappled sun or sun for just one part of the day (although will grow equally well in areas of full sun). Each ball contains approximately 30 seeds from a mixture of Bellflower, Forget-me-not, Meadow buttercup, Meadowsweet, Oxeye daisy, Ragged robin and Red campion. See Full Listing.

BUTTERFLY MIX

A mix of native wildflowers that are perfect for butterflies! This lovely collection of mostly purple, pink and blue flowers is designed to attract butterflies to our gardens, balconies and window boxes and uses only flowers recommended by Butterfly Conservation. Each seed ball contains approximately 30 seeds from a mix of Purple Loosestrife, Forget-me-not, Musk mallow, Red campion and Yarrow, plus a sprinkling of pollinator-friendly annuals Chamomile, Cornflower, Corn marigold, and Night-flowering catchfly. See Full Listing.

URBAN MEADOW

A beautiful mix of native wildflowers that is perfect for pollinators and the most hardy of our wildflower mixes. Urban Meadow is a colour combination of annuals and perennials developed in collaboration with River of Flowers – a fantastic and inspiring organisation working to create and connect urban meadows across the globe. Each seed ball contains approximately 30 seeds from a mix of Common toadflax, Cornflower, Cowslip, Meadow cranesbill, Musk mallow, Oxeye daisy and Red campion, plus a sprinkling of pollinator-friendly annuals Chamomile, Cornflower, Corn marigold, and Night-flowering catchfly. See Full Listing.

CLOUD MEADOW

Cloud Meadow is a selection of beautiful all white-flowering native wildflowers that are hugely beneficial to bees and butterflies! Each seed ball contains approximately 150 seeds from a mix of Meadow Sweet, Oxeye Daisy, White Campion, White Clover, and Yarrow. See Full Listing.

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