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This is a very tidy plant growing in rounded cushions. It is attractive enough to be on sale in garden centres as a rockery plant.. It flowers in May or June and later at heights above 3,000 feet but at lower heights in the far north of Scotland. As a rule though it grows in amongst the rocks in not very accessible places in mountains in mainland Britain.

There is a little Silene acaulis in Snowdonia where some of these photos were taken and there it isn't too difficult to find. There is also a little in the English Lake district but by far the biggest population is in the Scottish hills. It is common on Shetland and grows on Orkney, the Hebrides and even on St Kilda.

Silene acaulis

Silene acaulis Moss Campion

Limestone Rocks at Inchnadamph, Assynt, Scotland 19th June 2006

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Cwm Idwal, North Wales, 1st June 2002

Added on February 4th 2005, updated 7th February 2012

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