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Western Isles Wildflowers

Western Isles wildflowers is a collection of information about our Hebridean wildflowers including identification hints, traditional herbal uses and general plant lore.


White Campion

Silene latifolia subsp. alba

Gaelic name : Coirean Bàn

White campion

The campions are members of the carnation family, several of which grow as wildflowers in the Western Isles: sea campion , white campion, red campion, moss campion, and the closely related ragged robin.

White campion is an annual or bi-annual plant. It's flowers .75" to 1" across. It exudes a slight scent at night which is like that of pinks (with a hint of clove) and is very attractive to moths and us.

White campion can form hybrids with red campion.

The teeth on the dry seed-pod of a red campion are rolled back, those of the white-campion are upright, the smaller .5" flowers of red campion are not scented at night.

White campion is a native plant of the Western Isles, which grows in arable fields, waste spaces and roadsides.


Photography © Debbie Bozkurt
Benbecula - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
8th June, 2007

Debbie's online photo album

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