Red Campion - Silene dioica

    Description

    Medium to tall hairy, but not sticky, with a creeping stock and erect flowering stems. Leaves oblong, the lowermost stalked, the upper, short stalked or unstalked. Flowers usually bright rose pink, but can be paler pink or white. 8 to 25 mm, not scented, numerous flowers in lax branched clusters. Styles 5. Male and female flowers ocurr on separate plants. Calyx of male flower with 10 veins, female with 20 veins. Seed capsule with 10 recurved teeth.

    Similar Species

    White campion, and the hybrid between the two

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Capsule teeth are revolute (tightly curled back on themselves).

    Pale pink and white flowered varieties are difficult to tell from the hybrid, and flower colour alone cannot be used to identify the hybrid. 

    Habitat

    Deciduous woodland, hedgerows and roadside verges.

    When to see it

    May to November.

    Life History

    Biennial or perennial.

    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 512 of the 617 tetrads.

     

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map