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Behenantha uniflora (Roth) Ikonn.
Cucubalus fabarius Thore
Cucubalus littoralis Pers.
Cucubalus maritimus Lam.
Oberna glareosa (Jord.) Ikonn.
Oberna thorei (Dufour) Holub
Silene cucbalus megalosperma (Hayek) Rech.f.
Silene glareosa Jord.
Silene inflata prostrata Gaudin
Silene maritima With.
Silene maritima petraea Hartm.
Silene thorei Dufour
Silene vulgaris cratericola Franco
Silene vulgaris glareosa (Jord.) Marsden-Jones & Turrill
Silene vulgaris megalosperma Hayek
Silene vulgaris prostrata (Gaudin) Schinz & Thell.
Silene willdenowii Sweet
Common Name: Sea Campion
Silene uniflora is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a branching woody rootstock. It produces a loose cushion of prostrate, non-flowering stems and ascending flowering stems from 8 - 25cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for use in commercial cosmetic preparations. It is sometimes gown as an ornamental in gardens, there are many named varieties[
Europe - Norway, Sweden and Finland, south through the UK and Poland to Portugal and Greece; Macaronesia - Azores, Madeira.
Maritime shingle, cliffs and stony ground, rarely on cliff ledges, gravelly lake shores or by alpine streams inland; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Silene uniflora is a very cold-hardy plant, able to tolerate temperatures down to around -35°c when fully dormant[
Species in this genus generally grow well in a sunny position in a well-drained but moisture-retentive fertile soil[
Silene uniflora and Silene vulgaris are very closely related species which can be crossed artificially with little loss of fertility. Natural hybrids, however, are rare[
An extract of the whole plant is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a hair conditioner and skin protector[
An extract of the flowers and leaves is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a skin conditioner[
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.