The vibrant magenta color of rose campion which has spread to practically every corner of my back garden is just beautiful beyond words.
Rose campion is among one of the flowering plants that are totally carefree and can be very invasive. They can grow anywhere and everywhere, even in the cracks of my brick walk. They like sunny areas, but will tolerate shade.
Rose campion, in the genus Silene and species coronaria (synonym: Lychnis coronaria), is considered an ornamental plant. The flowers also come in light pink and white; although I have only seen pictures of the other colors. The leaves are soft and wooly in silver grey.
The plant is a perennial that tolerates the cold weather and multiplies by re-seeding.
The flowers can be used as cut flowers and last about a week.