Agrostemma coronaria L., Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr.
Vascular – Exotic
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
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A clump forming perennial. The whole plant is densely covered in long woolly silvery hairs. Flowering stems erect 30 - 100cm tall. Lower leaves are loosely tufted and oblanceolate in shape tapering to long stalk; 10-25cm long by 2-4 cm wide. Purplish pink or white, flowers are borne in panicles on branching grey stems between December and February.
Woolly silvery hairs distinguish rose campion from other Silene spp. in N.Z. (Webb et al. 1988)
Red/Pink, Violet/Purple, White
S.E. and C. Europe, N.W. Africa, Asia Minor
Reason for introduction