A common wildflower after a rain:

Lychnis is another name for this flower. I think this species is Silene latifolia.

16 thoughts on “Campion

      • You have some choices:

        rampion: a bellflower of Europe and Asia and North Africa having bluish flowers and an edible tuberous root used with the leaves in salad. ;

        lampion: a small lamp (as a pot of oil with a wick) formerly used at illuminations;

        pampean: of or relating to the pampas of South America or their Indian inhabitants;

        tampion: a wooden plug or a metal or canvas cover for the muzzle of a gun.

      • I saw those, and some others. The only one I liked was Albion – this campion species is nonnative (I think), likely from England. But I though that and the others were too obscure, not as good as your original rhyme.

  1. Love this! You may have solved a mystery for me with this image. I took a photo of something growing in my FIL’s flower bed last year, but I was never able to figure out what it was. It was only the bud (I think) and I never saw it flower, so I didn’t know what it was. The base of this looks so much like what I took. Now I’m going to have to start doing some research.

    • Thanks! There are many related and similar flowers, one with the common name bladder campion has a similar flower bur the calyx is smooth, not lined like this flower.

      • I think, if anything, the one I took a picture of has deeper color differentiations, a slightly more prickly look and just a bit more teardrop in shape, otherwise, it looks stunningly like this one.

  2. It’s a pretty flower, with an interesting structure. The urn-shaped seed pod’s especially attractive, and this one’s petals did a fine job of serving as an umbrella; there’s hardly a raindrop on the lower portion. Apparently it’s quite an enthusiastic grower with abundant seeds, and tends to spread wherever it takes hold.

    Silene caught my attention. This common plant’s in the same genus as one of the rare plants found in east Texas: the so-called scarlet catchfly (Silene subciliata). It tickled me to see that our scarlet catchfly isn’t on the Wiki list of genus members.

    • I liked the position of the petals, folded back, instead of the usual flat and perpendicular one. It’s an abundant flower in my area. Sometimes it’s classified in Lychnis, but my local ID resource puts it in Silene.

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