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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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24 November, 2016

White Campion: the red campions companion

The white campion (Silene latifolia) is sometimes thought to be a bleached red campion but it is, of course, a totally different species. I think the confusion comes from the fact that they can quite often be found growing together and they can hybridise giving a pale pink version. The flowers also look very similar if you disregard the colour.
The botanists who wrote my book look far more closely at these flowers than I do and point out that the flowers of the white campion are slightly larger than the red and the calyx is longer and narrower. The white is also slightly fragrant at night although I do not see how that will help with identification unless you find some by day and then go back by torch light to give them a sniff! Overall, I think the difference in colour is enough for me to work on.
The white campion is far less common than the red, both being found on waysides and field edges. The white campion flowers from May through until October.
White Campion: the red campions companion