Hybrid Campion - Silene latifolia x dioica = S. x hampeana

    Description

    Medium to tall plant, a cross between Silene dioica x Silene latifolia, it is fully fertile and vigorous, even replacing the parent plants. Flowers pale to mid pink.

    Similar Species

    Pale pink flowered varieties of red campion

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Intermediate in character to the parent species.  Very variable, and is often fertile so it can back-cross with one of the parents, producing a range of flower colours and other characteristics.  Flower colour alone cannot be used to identify the hybrid.

    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Anywhere that Red Campion and White Campion occur.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    Life History

    Usually perennial.

    UK Status

    Increasingly common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Increasingly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 32 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map