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

Flowers over a long period from early spring to late autumn, each plant having flowers of only one sex

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


Ground-up seeds once used to treat snake bite

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

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