Red Campion, to a lot of people it is a persistent weed. All of my flowers are weeds, I don’t really do gardens.
Silene dioica is a beautiful wildflower, it is probably at it’s best right now but you can find it in flower pretty much all year round. There isn’t very much else in flower in January.
Picture taken on January 9th.
Silene dioica, the first part of the name is derived from Silenus a figure from Greek mythology whom I find variously described as the god of woodland or the god of drunkenness. I have never seen this flower drunk. The second part dioica is derived from the term dioecious, which this plant is. It means that the plant has male and female forms. That is the bit that interests me.
Dioecious- Pistillate and staminate flowers on different plants.
Boys first. (Because they are the less interesting)
This is the staminate form of the flower, the male. It has stamens and produces pollen.
Last night Fizz and I also went out to get pictures of the calyx of Silene dioica.