Belongs to: pink family

Compare with: ragged robin

Red campion Silene dioica

Also known as: jack-by-the-hedge


Best time to see: Mar to Nov

Key facts

A tall perennial with bright pink flowers, common in or near woods with rich soils and along hedgerows

Good nectar plant for bumblebees and hoverflies and food plant for several moth species

White-flowered varieties sometimes seen; also hybridises with its close relative, white campion

Extras

Plant up to 1.5m high; softly hairy all over; upright, branched in upper half, flowers on top

Flowers bright pink, 3–4cm across, each with five cut petals

Leaves bright pink, 3–4cm across, each with five cut petals

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Pat Allen