Silene coronaria

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Silene coronaria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Silene
Species: Silene coronaria
Binomial name
Silene coronaria
(L.) Clairv.

Agrostemma coronaria L.
Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr.

Flower detail
Lychnis coronaria

Silene coronaria is a species of flowering plant in the carnation family Caryophyllaceae, native to Asia and Europe. Common names include rose campion,[1] 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.[2]

The Latin coronaria means "used for garlands".[3]

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.[2] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lychnis coronaria". Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  • Armitage, Allan M. (2001) Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half Hardy Perennials, illustrated Asha Kays and Chris Johnson. Timber Press Inc., Singapore.

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