These hairy, five-petalled perennials can be found in hedgerows, on woodland margins, cultivated ground, roadside verges and waste ground. A native species it is common and widespread, and can be seen flowering from May to August.
The Pink Campion above is a hybrid of the White Campion (Silene latifolia) and the Red Campion (Silene dioica), which commonly occur where the two parent plants occur.
And as a comparison, see the Sea Campion below, which prefers coastal habitats.
This is one plant that always reminds me of living back home with my parents, for they had a great clump of it growing over a wall in their back garden. I remember as a boy tending the border it was growing in, removing any weeds, and gently turning the soil with a small fork. I love the silver foliage which remains so all year round, and the white flowers which are in abundance from May to August, attracting all kinds of insects. It was only natural that I grow it in my own garden.
Naturalised throughout the British Isles. Found on roadside verges, dunes and waste ground. Flourishes well in the garden at the front of raised beds or borders, in full sunshine. Also ideal in rock gardens, and gives good ground colour. Introduced in 1648, common and widespread.
The Sea Campion is a loose, scrambling plant which produces distinct white flowers with conspicuously veined sepals joined into an inflated tube. The leaves are green, hairless and waxy, and some remain green throughout the winter.
It flowers March to October. Discovered in coastal habitats such as shingle banks, sand dunes and cliffs, and also inland on high mountains. Widespread and locally common, the Sea Campion varies its growth form according to its environment.