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Plant Details

Silene stellata

Starry Campion, Widow's Frill

Scientific Name:

Silene stellata

Genus:

Silene

Species Epithet:

stellata

Common Name:

Starry Campion, Widow's Frill

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to mesic forests, rock outcrops. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Leaves in whorls of 4
USDA indicates found mostly in Mountains/Piedmont with two counties in Sandhills (Moore and Bladen)

In Situ

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Tom Harville

Whorled Leaves

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Tom Harville

Blooms

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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