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Plant Details

Silene regia

Royal Catchfly

Scientific Name:

Silene regia

Genus:

Silene

Species Epithet:

regia

Common Name:

Royal Catchfly

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Red

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Habitat Description:

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

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

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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