SILENE Moss Campion

The Campions are easy to grow and most of them have a long flowering season, extending to September or October. They are carpeting plants which are usually planted between rocks, their stems and narrow leaves spreading outwards to form a low carpet from which the star-faced tubular flowers arise. Silene should not be moved.

VARIETIES: Some of the rockery Silenes grow as wild flowers in Britain. One of them is S. acaulis height 2 in., spread 1 ft.

Flowering period: May-June. The tiny green leaves form a mat and above this are the pink flowers, unfortunately less abundant than on the specimens growing wild. Another of our natives is S. maritima, the Sea Campion – grow the double-flowering form ‘Flore Pleno’, bearing 1.5 in. white blooms and silvery foliage. Us basic statistics are height 6 in., spread 1 ft.

Flowering period: July-October – the same statistics apply to S. schafta which produces masses of sprays of deep pink flowers. ‘Abbots-wood’ is the variety to grow.

SITE AND SOIL: Requires well-drained soil in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Plant cuttings in a cold frame in summer.

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