OK
In progress indicator

Silene dioica (Red campion)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Silene dioica

Other names

Red campion, Adder's flower, Devil's flower, Hare's eye, Mother-die, Poor robin, Ragged jack, Red lychnis, Robins, Soliders, White soapwort

Genus

Silene Silene

Species

S. dioica - S. dioica is a mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial wildflower with ovate leaves and small clusters of purple-pink flowers on erect stems from late summer.


Silene dioica is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Although no toxicity has been mentioned it does contain saponins: toxic substances which are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm.

Flower

Purplish-pink in Summer; Purplish-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

No pruning needed.

Propagation methods

Seed


Sign up for your FREE ACCOUNT today or login to receive detailed monthly care instructions

Where to grow

Silene dioica (Red campion) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Rock, Underplanting, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Best planted in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun or light shade. Dislikes winter wet.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Silene dioica

Other names

Red campion, Adder's flower, Devil's flower, Hare's eye, Mother-die, Poor robin, Ragged jack, Red lychnis, Robins, Soliders, White soapwort

Genus

Silene Silene

Species

S. dioica - S. dioica is a mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial wildflower with ovate leaves and small clusters of purple-pink flowers on erect stems from late summer.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Although no toxicity has been mentioned it does contain saponins: toxic substances which are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm.


Colour

Flower

Purplish-pink in Summer; Purplish-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

No pruning needed.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Silene dioica (Red campion) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Rock, Underplanting, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Best planted in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun or light shade. Dislikes winter wet.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

In order to add a note on this plant, please add this plant to your plant lists.

In progress indicator
Full size image
In progress indicator
Caption

Caption

Cancel and close this form

Silene dioica (Red campion)

Silene dioica (Red campion)

Upload your own photo
In progress indicator
This plant likes... Garden match
Soil types: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy Tell us...
Soil drainage: Well-drained Tell us...
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral Tell us...
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun Tell us...
Aspect: South, East, West Tell us...
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered Tell us...
Hardiness: Hardy (H4) Tell us...

DISCUSS THIS PLANT

Silene dioica

As well as with bluebells, plant it with primroses, greater stitchwort, columbines, foxgloves and ferns for a long colourful display in a lightly shaded border under trees, at the bottom of a hedge… read more

Red Campion

a simple but lovely plant for a woodland/wildlife garden. Divide them up in early Spring and they soon clump out to make a pretty pink display. Plant alongside bluebells or Lungwort 'Lewis Palmer'… read more

There are 2 active discussions about Silene dioica (Red campion)

View all discussions

GARDENS WITH THIS PLANT

My Garden
My Garden
beverley hill
City Woodland Garden
City Woodland Garden
Laura Thomas
My Garden
My Garden
Angelika Baier
My Garden
My Garden
Ian McLintock
Bar lawson
Bar lawson
Bar Lawson
Front garden
Front garden
Pamela Leech

ARTICLES WITH THIS PLANT

Warners Distillery Garden

Esteemed garden designer, Helen Elks-Smith, is creating a Show Garden on Main Avenue for the first time for Warner’s Distillery. read more

Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

Designed by Mark Gregory. The highlight of the 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire show garden will be an authentically built canal with flowing water and genuine canal lock gates. read more

The Sustainable seafood garden

By Ireland based garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne. “The Sustainable seafood garden” tells the story of the journey from tide to table of the fish and seafood that surround and… read more

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

By garden designer and landscaper Mark Gregory. The stunning Yorkshire Dales is the inspiration for Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2018 RHS Chelsea show-garden. read more

Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

By garden designer Tracy Foster. Children from Flamborough Primary school have been helping Welcome to Yorkshire start work on their most ambitious Chelsea show garden yet. read more

View all 18 articles


Report content or feedback to Shoot

To add ? to your lists,
login to your account or subscribe.

Find out more about plant lists here

or Login


To check if this plant is suitable for your garden first login to your account or subscribe.

or Login

In progress indicator
Note

Note

You are adding a note to: ?

Cancel