|red campion grown from seed|
The latin name for red campion is Silene dioica. Apparantly it's named after Silenus, the merry drunken woodland god from greek mythology. He's a merry fatman with a horse's tail who when captured by mortals can reveal important secrets. The second part of the plant name is dioica, which means "two houses" and refers to the fact that each red campion plant has flowers of only one sex - in other words, you need at least two plants to make seed. Good job I've got plenty then!
According to my Readers Digest book of wild flowers, this little beauty will flower right through to October....perfect then for supplying pollen and nectar to the bees and butterflies that I hope will visit my garden IF the sun ever comes out.
|red campion hanging its head in the rain|
|red campion growing wild in woodland somewhere in North Norfolk|