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Plant Details

Silene regia

Royal Catchfly

Scientific Name:

Silene regia

Common Name:

Royal Catchfly

Plant Family

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

Red

Size in Feet:

4 feet

Light:

Sun

Soil Moisture:

Sub-Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

June, July

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Prairies and calcareous woodlands and forests; not present in NC.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Compared to S. virginica, S. regia is much taller and sturdier. The petals are not as "pinked"

Nectar plant for larger butterflies, such as Papilio polyxenes asterias (Black Swallowtail) and Hummingbirds.
USDA lists Silene regia as Threatened in Arkansas and Indiana, Rare in Georgia, Engangered in Kentucky and Illinois, Possibly Extirpated, Endangered in Tennessee. Not shown in NC.

Plant

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Bloom

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Leaves

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Bloom Close up

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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