Silene dioica (Red Campion) [50 Seeds]


Germination Information: Generally, these seeds germinate easily, within 2 to 3 weeks in warm conditions. I recommend sowing red campion indoors in midwinter into spring or outdoors in spring or summer, in pots or in a holding bed. Just barely cover them with growing medium or soil. Or, you could try simply scattering these seeds into any empty spaces you have in your beds and borders for a splendid show next spring. Once you get the plants to bloom in your garden, they are likely to self-sow for future years.




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Red campion (Silene dioica), also known as red catchfly, is a classic cottage-garden flower, producing a bounty of bright pink blooms on 18- to 24-inch-tall stems in early or mid spring through late spring, over dense mounds of rich green leaves. Some plants produce only male flowers (these tend to bloom a few weeks longer, into early summer); others produce only female flowers (these produce seed if you also have male plants). Red campion tends to act like a biennial or a short-lived perennial. It is reportedly hardy in Zones 5 to 8.

I collected these seeds in mid-June 2020, mostly from green-leaved plants, though there were some yellow-leaved plants (from the strain known as ‘Ray’s Golden Campion’) in the area too, so it is quite possible that you may get some golden-leaved seedlings too. Each packet contains at least 50 seeds.


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