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 Red Campion
Silene dioica
 

Distribution:  Common across UK .

Habitat:  Found at woodland edges or in hedgerows in light shade.

Description:  Native biennial/perennial of medium height with bright red flowers from May to July. 

Uses:  The root has been used to produce a soap substitute for washing clothes, by simmering the root in hot water.

Wildlife:  Food plant of the Campion, Lychnis, Twin Spotted Carpet and Marbled Clover Moths.

 

Sowing Instructions for Seeds:  Sow seed in spring in a greenhouse or cold frame. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots.  Plant the seedlings out into their final position in summer.


Our plants and seeds are of native British origin.