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Red Campion

A common flower of hedgerows and woodland rides and edges


  • Red campion: the walkers companion

    Post date: Thursday, 8 May, 2014 - 00:00

    If you walk the lanes and bridle ways of Dorset it is pretty certain that the red campion (Silene dioica) will be a familiar sight, it is a flower that will often be your companion as it can grow in profusion along our hedgerows. It is one of those flowers that seem to be with us all year but it actually flowers from March through to October but it is in late May through until late July that it is at its best. In mild winters it can actually be found all year in Dorset but that is not the norm

    You can also find red campion growing along woodland rides and often it occurs with bluebells and greater stitchwort to give a striking patriotic display of red, white and blue! It likes plenty of light and can also be found on sea cliffs and river banks. Sadly it often suffers because of our apparent in built need to keep our roadsides and 'waste' places neat and tidy. 

    Some people believe that the flower varies in colour from red through pink to white but white campion is a completely different species. However, where the two grow in close proximity they do hybridise giving an array of paler coloured flowers and occasionally one can get a pure white red campion!


Common Name Red Campion
Scientific Name Silene dioica
Species Group Campion Family Caryophyllaceae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Status Common
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
Preferred Environment
Look for Tall hairy plant with multiple flowers at the tops of the stems
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Campion Family Caryophyllaceae