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
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    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.

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