Sunday, 18 May 2014

RED CAMPION



In the Chilterns, as the bluebells fade the red Campion makes its big appearance in our hedgerows, side-swiped by the winds caused by horrid, rushing SUVs.

This flower is lovely to look at. I would call it pink (Campion) but apparently it is known as Red: Silene dioica

It is worth remembering, or useful to know, that the crushed seeds of Red Campion have also been used to cure snakebites.




The nectar of the flowers is crowd-puller for bumblebees and butterflies, and several species of moth feed on this plant’s leaves.