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Sea Campion

Silene uniflora

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 white overlapping petals with broader sepals and often solitary, up to 2.5cm. Sometimes tinged slightly pink.
Fruit:
A capsule with down-turned teeth.
Leaves:
Dark green, smooth and waxy leaves, forming a carpet over the ground. Arranged in opposite pairs along the stem.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Although the leaves are bitter-tasting, they can be eaten both raw and cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Dead Man's Bells, Devil's Hatties, Witches' Thimbles.
Habitats:
Cliffs, rocks, sea cliffs, seaside.