Syn.: Cucubalus acaulis L., Lychnis acaulis (L.) Scop., Oncerum acaule (L.) Dulac
Family: Caryophyllaceae Juss.

Silene acaulis

Distribution: It is an arctic-alpine species – Pyrenees, Alps, Apennines, Carpathian, Arctic Europe, Asia and Northern America.

Ecology: It grows on rocks, screes and stony slopes, above tree line. It flowers from June to Septembre.

Description: Perennial herb with numerous stems, 2–10 cm high, cushion-like. The leaves are linear to lanceolate, sessile, pointed. The single flowers are short-stalked, calyx is bell-shaped, corolla bright to dark rose. The fruit is an ovoid capsule. A very variable species.

Threat and protection: The Moss Campion is a protected plant in some countries (A, SK).

Note: This is a very attractive plant for rock gardens.

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These images were taken in Austria, Raxalpe (June 19, 2004).