West Highland Flora

Red Campion


Silene dioica

 

Silene dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
27 May 2004 Lealt, Skye
Flower c 2.7 cm across

Common on roadsides, woodland edges, and rocky ground, preferring rich soils that are not too acid.

Flower diameter c 18-30 mm

ID: Flowers as shown, 5 petals each deeply divided.  Rosy-pink colour settles it; if flowers white, then check calyx-teeth.  They should be < 2.5 mm long, and not much longer than broad.

Other features: Main flowering season May-June but often produces second crop in autumn.  Male and female flowers on separate plants.  Male flowers have 10-veined calyx-tube and females 20-veined.

Produces hybrid swarms with White Campion where the two meet, but the latter is very uncommon in the area so hybrids are also unlikely.  The white-flowered plant in the picture below is an albino Red Campion; this is told by the short broad sepal-teeth.  Note also the complete lack of red or purple pigment in the sepals.  This would normally be present in the sepals of White Campion.

 

 

Silene dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Nov 2004 Portree, Skye
LH flower c 2.3 cm across

  Silene dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye
Top flower 27 mm across


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