Rose Campion, Dusty-Miller
Nw. Africa, SE. Europe to Cent. Asia
Victorian poet Margaret Furse refers to the ancient use of the silver-green, velveteen leaves as lamp wicks in the poem The Lamp Flower. "The campion white above the grass her lamp doth light where fairies pass."
Source of plant
Densely white-woolly biennial or perennial, erect, often branched, reaching 3' in height. Leaves ovate,1" to 4" long, lower leaves petioled, upper leaves sessile. Inflorescence few-flowered, pedicels long,calyx to 3/4" long, petals purplish, rarely white.
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