E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Silene repens Patrin ex Pers.
pink campion
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Species Information

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Perennial from a branched stem-base and a short rhizome; tufted, often matted; stems erect, several, simple or branched, densely crinkled-hairy, 7-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2-6 cm long, 2-6 mm wide, mostly deciduous by flowering time; stem leaves opposite, 2-6 pairs, about the same size as the basal leaves, slightly hairy; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of usually 2-15 flowers in a contracted cluster; petals 5, white to pink or occasionally purple, stalklike at the bases, the blades 3-7 mm long, 2-lobed, the stalks 5-8 mm long; sepals white to usually pink or purple, united, forming a tube 10-15 mm long, 10-nerved, hairy and more or less glandular.
Capsules 10-14 mm long, 3- (4)-valved; seeds brown, 0.8-1.1 mm long, roughened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry meadows and open forests from the montane to alpine zones; rare in NE BC, known only from Nevis Creek; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT and S to MT and WY; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Silene repens

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 657 958 1200
Slope Gradient (%) 40 46 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
90 127 250
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 2
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(2), SWB(2)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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