Red campion is a very versatile plant and will grow in sun, part shade or shade. It often adorns hedgerows, roadside verges and the edge of woodlands but it is also well placed in a garden setting. It is a robust addition and will grow well in a border, shady corner or within grassland. This wildflower has very long flowering period and the flower colour ranges from pale pink to bright cerise. It self seeds easily and will form a beautiful clump of long lasting flowers.
The flowers of red campion are important for various pollinating insects including bees, butterflies and hoverflies. The leaves provide food for the larvae of moths
The flowers are associated with the feast day of Saint James. If grown near White campion, the two flowers may hybridise to produce pink blooms.