Silene dioica is also known as Melandrium rubric, Red Campion, Red Catchfly. It is part of the Caryophyllaceae family of plants. Silene dioica is a herbaceous perennial. It is sometimes treated as a biennial. It is native to Northern and Central Europe.
Silene dioica has dark pink flowers. It flowers from April to July. The flowers have 5 petals. They are notched deeply. Therefore, it looks like there are more petals. It is dioecious. So it produces male and female flowers on different plants. The flowers don’t have a scent. Silene dioica usually grows in woodlands. It grows in most types of soils.
Silene dioica is an easy to maintain the plant. It has tall green stems. It grows to 90cm or 3ft. It has branching stems. The foliage is deep green, opposite and ovate.
Plant Silene dioica in acid soils. Grow it in the sun or partial shade. Deadhead flowers to encourage more flowers. The flowers attract bees and butterflies. Silene dioica produces an ovoid capsule of seeds. Propagate from seed. Sow them between March and October.