• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Silene dioica

red campion

  • Other common names red campion
    adder's flower

    devil's flower
    hare's eye
    poor robin
    ragged Jack
    red lychnis
    white soapwort

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  • Synonyms Melandrium rubrum
    Lychnis dioica

    Silene diurna
    Lychnis sylvestris
    Silene rubra
    Melandrium sylvestre
    Lychnis diurna

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  • Family Caryophyllaceae

  • Genus Silene can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, with opposite, untoothed leaves and solitary or clustered flowers with 5, usually notched petals

  • Details Red campion isa short-lived perennial tbears its male and female flowers on separate plants.Plants form clumps of downy leaves from which emerge flowering stems up to 1m in height. Flowering is mainly in late spring. Flowers have five deeply notched, pink petals. Seed capsules have toothed edges as they open to disperse ripe seed on female plants

  • Plant range Europe


  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect

  • Exposure


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pH


  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

  • Time to ultimate height

How to grow

Cultivation Occurs naturally on well-drained, moderately fertile soils. Dislikes waterlogging so is rarely found on heavy clay. A flower of hedgerows and semi-shaded places

Propagation Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wildlife Gardens Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning None required

Pests Trouble-free

Diseases Trouble-free

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