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.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map