Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Botanical name: Silene armeria (Caryophyllaceae)
Other name: Sweet William Silene, Garden Catchfly, None-So-Pretty, Campion

The name comes from the way in which small insects are trapped by the sticky sap exuded onto the stem. An attractive annual or tender perennial native to Europe, but has naturalized throughout the United States. The generous rosepink flowers are arranged in compact clusters radiating from a slender stem. Makes a breathtaking display when planted in mass.

How to grow

Height: 24-36 inches
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Germination: 15-25 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 70F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow no deeper than 1/16 inch
Blooming period: May-September

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