Menzies' campion is a low-growing small-flowered perennial that fills the difficult "dry shade" niche in the garden. It is especially fond of dry pine-needle beds below ponderosa pines. While it won't tolerate dark shade, it will do well in bright shade with no direct sun. The sprawly, trailing stems lend themselves well to a loose, open ground cover, somewhat like field chickweed, but unlike chickweed it will continue to bloom sporadically as long as it has enough water. If you don't want to water later in the summer, not a problem! The plant will go dormant and return in the spring.
Suggested companions are white spiraea, wilcox penstemon, and alumroot.
- Silene menziesii