White Campion - Silene latifolia


Medium to tall, stickily hairy plant, leaves oval lanceolate, the lowermost stalked the upper usually unstalked. Flowers white, 25 to 30 mm, in lax, branched clusters, the petals usually notched. Male and female flowers on separate plants. Calyx slightly expanded. Seed capsule with 10 erect teeth.

Similar Species

White flowered varieties of red campion, and the hybrid

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Capsule teeth are erect


Arable and waste land, roadside verges.

When to see it

May to October

Life History

Short lived perennial, sometimes annual

UK Status

Common throughout most of Britain, scarcer in the west.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 410 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map