This is picture #32 of a weekly Photo Challenge that I set myself – there is no particular theme. The idea behind the challenge is to get myself outside into the Cumbrian countryside, at least once a week.
- This week’s photo is of the Red Campion flower. This flower fills the countryside with a splash of welcome colour in spring and summer.
Red Campion is a biennial or perennial plant, with dark pink to red flowers, each 1.8-2.5 cm across. There are five petals which are deeply notched at the end, narrowed at the base and all go into an urn-shaped calyx. The flowers are unscented. The flowering period is from May to October.
Besides the aesthetic value of its flowers, the crushed seeds of red campion have also been used to treat snake bites!