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Plant Profile: Silene spp.-Wild Pinks/Catchfly

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

Thomas G. Barnes, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Silene is a great addition to your plantings, especially if you are trying to have a tidy managed look. They generally stay in their clump and politely spread. The life expectancy of the Silene family is usually only a few of years, but it will set seeds to keep your garden blooming for years to come. Silenes can be a bit like goldilocks in that they like perfect conditions average moisture, not too wet, not to dry. They like average light, not too sunny and not too shady.

The catchflys are of endless entertainment value, they attract hummingbirds as well as insects. The name catchfly comes from the fact that insects are often stuck all over the stems. Sticky glands cover the plant and small insects alighting upon it often become fatally trapped, a show not for the faint of heart. Pictured Silene Regia.

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