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Silene dioica (Red Campion)

Red Campion, Adder's Flower, Devil's Flower, Hare's Eye, Mother-Die, Poor Robin, Ragged Jack, Red Lychnis, Robins, Soldiers, White Soapwort, Lychnis dioica, Lychnis diurna, Lychnis sylvestris, Melandrium rubrum, Melandrium sylvestre, Silene diurna, Silene rubra


Pretty and low-maintenance, Silene dioica (Red Campion) is a semi-evergreen perennial forming bold clumps of spoon shaped, downy leaves from which emerge tall, rich green stems bearing delicate pink flowers. Blooming profusely from late spring to early summer, then sporadically until fall, each flower, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), features five deeply notched petals. Rich in pollen, they attract bees and butterflies. The female flowers, borne on separate plants, are followed by seed capsules that will open when ripe to disperse their content. This wildflower makes a good addition to a rockery and is a great addition to a moist wildflower meadow.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 2 ft. across (60 cm).
  • Pest and disease free and low maintenance, this eye-catching beauty is also drought tolerant (once established).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in moderately fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage is essential and sandy or gravelly soils are favored by this plant. Best in partly sunny sites with afternoon shade. Plants are best left undisturbed once established.
  • Great for beds and borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Propagate by seed. Cut back stems after flowering to encourage a second flush.
  • Native to Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Silene - Campions
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Silene - Campions
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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