Silene californica Durand
Indian pink, Indian-pink
Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
USDA Symbol: SICA4
Several leafy, somewhat straggling stems arise from the deep taproot of this perennial and are 6-16 in. long. The flowers are extremely showy, up to an inch across. They are a brilliant, scarlet-red with notched or slashed petals. Pairs of dark-green leaves are covered with minute, sticky, soft hairs.
This is a hummingbird favorite.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: S. CA, n. to Josephine Co., OR
Native Habitat: Open, brushy areas or woods below 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: California Indian pink tends to get straggly with age. Stems can be cut back just after flowering to encourage new growth later.
PropagationDescription: Propagate with seeds or cuttings since it is difficult to divide the deep taproot. Plant seeds in fall. Germination may be slow and erratic. Seedlings will flower the second year.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is required.
Commercially Avail: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Silene californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Silene californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Silene californica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff