Red Campion (Silene dioica)
Red campion, Silene dioica, is a well know and widespread wildflower, most common in light woodland and as a hedgerow plant. It does though also occur in meadows, especially around the edges and adds a welcome touch of pink in the late spring and early summer. The campions are good nectar sources for moths and therefore help to sustain out native bats. Long tongued bumblebees and the occasional butterfly will also feed from them and hoverflies can take the pollen. Several moth species including the aptly named Campion Moth lay their eggs, not on the leaves of this plant but in the flower head, and the growing caterpillars feed on the seeds.
Red campion will seed and spread gently in a meadow and is likely to occur in small discreet areas, never becoming too abundant.
Supplier : British Wildflower Plants / All Things Rural
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