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, bloody William, and lamp-flower.[2] A white form 'Alba' is available [3]

In the United Kingdom it is still widely referenced under its synonym Lychnis coronaria.[4]

The Latin coronaria means "used for garlands".[5]

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 around July. Though short-lived, the plant readily self-seeds in favourable locations. It is sometimes grown as a biennial.[4] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6][7]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ The Encyclopædia of Gardening: A Dictionary of Cultivated Plants, Etc., Giving an Epitome of the Culture of All Kinds Generally Grown in Gardens in this Country, Together with a Complete List of Their Common Or Popular Names. W. H. & L. Collingridge. 1896-01-01. 
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  4. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lychnis coronaria". Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 62. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 

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