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Silene laciniata


Cardinal catchfly, Southern Indian pink, Mexican campion, Catchfly


Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)



Silene laciniata (Cardinal catchfly)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Cardinal catchfly or southern indian pink’s one to several, 1-2 1/2 ft. stems are slender and weak, often leaning against other vegetation. Showy, brilliant-red, tubular flowers, with five jagged petals, occur at branch ends. Leaves are densely covered with sticky hairs.

S. laciniata ssp. major is the form occuring in California. This subspecies has been divided into two varieties: var. angustifolia for plants near the coast and var. latifolia for interior plants. Subspecies greggii occurs in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The flowers attract hummingbirds.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to c. CA, s. to Mex.
Native Habitat: Pine forests; grassy or brushy slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Rich, gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: S. laciniata ssp. major is the form occuring in CA. This ssp. has been divided into two varieties: var. angustifolia for plants near the coast and var. latifolia for interior plants. The typical S. laciniata occurs in the Mex. Cordillera. Stems can be cut back just after flowering to encourage new growth later.

Benefit

Use Wildlife: Flowers attract hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2010-05-02