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Photo: Red Campion

Photo: Red Campion
Photo: Red Campion
Photo: Red Campion

General description

Visited by night-flying moths, bees, and certain species of long-tongued flies, Red Campion is a fine subject for a wildlife garden.  It also plays host to the bumblebee, whose wild habitats are currently under threat.  Its cherry magenta flowers are highly ornamental, and it tends to come into bloom as the bluebell season draws to a close - planting both together is well worthwhile.

Plant requirements

Best grown in a fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.  Water generously before planting, in a hole large enough to avoid disturbing the root ball.  Keep moist until well established.

Maintenance

Keep moist until well established.

Practical use

In traditional medicene the crushed seeds of Red Campion were used as a salve for snakebite and the roots contain saponin, as effective soap substitute.

Properties

Height
30 - 90 cm
Color
Soil type
Any
Sunlight
Full sun, Partial shade
PH
Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy