Synonym: Lychnis dioica, Melandrium dioicum, Melandrium dioicum ssp. rubrum, Melandrium rubrum
Close-up of the flower of red campion as seen about one-half mile east of Crown Point along the Columbia Gorge Highway................May 18, 2009.
Red campion is an attractive although somewhat weedy species which is similar in many respects to white campion. It is a biennial or perennial with fairly broadly elliptic to ovate-elliptic leaves. The stem leaves usually measure from 2-4 cm across
The calyx is usually purplish and covered with purplish hairs. The odorless flowers are known to open during the day. The 5 reddish to purplish-red petals are slightly notched at their tips and they each reflex outward at a right angle from the end of the calyx. Their are 5 styles.
Red campion may be found along roadsides and into waste areas or disturbed fields.
Red campion is a weedy species originally from Eurasia. It is well established across much of eastern North America. In the west it may be found near Vancouver, BC; Portland, OR; Mount Rainier; and sporadically across the Olympic Peninsula.
In the Columbia River Gorge it may be found between the elevations of 400'-1500' between Crown Point and Bridal Veil Falls State Park.