Belongs to: pink family

Compare with: white campion

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


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 oval in shape, paired up the stem; up to 15cm long, hairy

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