General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24-36 inch
Plant Spread: 16-24 inch
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Woolly and silver-gray
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Rose-magenta
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Rose Campion
  • Bloody Mary
  • Mullein Pink
  • Lampflower
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Silene coronaria
  • Synonym: Lychnis coronaria

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Date: 2019-06-26
Location: My garden, Essex.UK.
Date: 2022-06-12
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2022-06-06
Rose Campion growing under 'Star' Magnolia Tree
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: June 18, 2023
Rose Campion (Silene coronaria)
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2023-05-29
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: may
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2016-05-21
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2024-05-21
Location: Beautiful Tennessee 
Date: May 29, 2014
Beautiful color
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire UK
Date: 2022-04-30
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2017-07-04
Location: IL
Date: 2010-06-06
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-07-31
Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-25
Location: Friend's garden, MI
Date: 2006-07-01
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2015-07-04

Date: 2018-06-04
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-07-07
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-07-07
Location: Aquitania (France)
Date: 2012-06-03
Location: My garden
Date: 2017-06-19
Location: j c raulston arboretum, ncsu,  raleigh, north carolina
Date: 2021-05-11
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-08-09
Uploaded by threegardeners
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Seeds germinated after 7 years storage.
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2017-12-29
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2010-07-02
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2015-06-05
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-05
Location: my garden, Zone 7b, NC
Date: 2012-05-12
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2015-07-04
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-06-23
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-06-23
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-06-20
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-06-11

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-25
Location: Aquitania (France)
Date: 2012-06-03
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: At home
Date: 2021-07-14
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Date: June
credit: Magnus Manske
Location: Baltimore, MD
Date: 2016-06-04
Location: Virginia
Date: 2012-06-13
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 4-23-20
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Date: 2014-06-09

Date: 2012-05-20
Uploaded by gardengus
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: September
Location: Friend's garden, MI
Date: 2006-07-01
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2015-07-04
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2015-07-04
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2015-07-04
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-06-23

Photo by Leo Michels

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-06-12

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Seeds germinated after 7 years storage.
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-06-03
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-07-31
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-05
Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Date: June
credit: Magnus Manske
Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Date: June
credit: Magnus Manske
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2011-07-21
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Virginia
Date: 2012-06-13
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Comments:
  • Posted by blue23rose (southern Indiana - Zone 6b) on Sep 12, 2023 6:36 AM concerning plant:
    Rose Campion is an easy care plant that blooms for at least 5-6 weeks (mid-May through late June) in my zone 6b in southern Indiana. It will bloom in complete shade, but does better with some sun. The plant does not over-winter here, but it self seeds easily, so I like to let some of it go to seed and collect it so I can spread the seed where I want it to grow. It may be considered invasive by some if allowed to go to seed. However, it is very easy to pull up if it grows in a spot you don't want it and is easy to cut back before it goes to seed if that becomes an issue.
  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Jun 27, 2013 10:48 AM concerning plant:
    Reportedly they do not survive harsh winters after flowering, but that is not a problem for me here. I find they readily self-seed in my garden, so I have plenty of volunteers, pulling them out where I don't want them.
    Deadhead on a regular basis to encourage continuous flowering and control self-seeding or shear after the initial flowering to promote a second flush of flowers later in the season.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2014 11:12 AM concerning plant:
    This biennial readily self-seeds itself over its long bloom period. Deadheading weekly by snipping off spent blooms and letting them drop to the ground is effective. Or, the entire plant can be cut back to the basal growth after the primary flush of bloom (losing some of the bloom). If it tends to become leggy in your garden, cut it back by half when it has reached 12-15" or pinch at 6" for a shorter and sturdier display. Susceptible to root rot and may not over-winter if the soil is not well-draining.
  • Posted by PlantingOaks (central ohio - Zone 5b) on Mar 29, 2024 6:21 AM concerning plant:
    Drainage seems to be key for perennialization. In central Ohio (zone 6) it has survived several winters in a berm of sand over the local limestone clay. Blooms are tall and rangy, but foliage is consistently neat and evergreen after they are cut back.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 26, 2014 8:30 PM concerning plant:
    Rose Campion (Silene coronaria) produces brilliant magenta-red blossoms from early to late summer. In my zone 7a garden, it thrives in direct sun from dawn till dusk. A short-lived perennial, Rose Campion stays in the garden through self-seeding. Deadhead for continuous bloom, or leave seedheads in place for volunteers the following spring. The bright magenta flowers and silvery green foliage provide excellent contrast for the garden.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 3:04 AM concerning plant:
    "Silene coronaria is a species of flowering plant in the carnation family Caryophyllaceae, native to Asia and Europe. Common names include rose campion, dusty miller (this also refers to Centaurea cineraria and Jacobaea maritima), mullein-pink and bloody William.

    In the United Kingdom it is still widely referenced under its synonym Lychnis coronaria.

    It is a perennial growing to 31 inches tall by 18 inches wide, with grey felted leaves and single, bright magenta flowers produced in succession in late summer. Though short-lived, the plant readily self-seeds in favourable locations. It is sometimes grown as a biennial. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
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