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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

9. Red Campion
(Melandrium rubrum (Weig.) Garcke)

9. Red Campion

The red or pink campion is a typical plant of damp woods, but it also occurs on hedge banks and on open cliffs where the soil is rich. Most of the foliage is on short non-flowering stems at the base of the plant. The tall flowering stems carry only a few pairs of leaves. Stems and leaves are soft and hairy. The bright pink flowers are at their best in early summer. They are of the kind called unisexual, the anthers and the stigmas being in separate flowers, the male and female flowers occurring on different plants.