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.
The Latin coronaria means "used for garlands".
It is a perennial growing to 80 cm (31 in) tall by 45 cm (18 in) 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.
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- Ellis, Barbara W. (1999). Taylor's Guide to Annuals: How to Select and Grow More Than 400 Annuals, Biennials, and Tender Perennials. New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 978-0-395-94352-6.
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