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Silene hookeri Nutt.
Hooker's silene, Dusty-pink, Ground pink
USDA Symbol: SIHO
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The numerous, gray-leafy stems of this perennial are prostrate, often rooting at the base, with tips ascending 1-8 in. off the ground. Flowers are large with a long tube and deeply slashed petals. Color ranges from nearly white to deep violet-rose. A hairy gray plant with many short spreading stems in a cluster, few branches, and several flowers with deeply divided petals at branch ends.
The common name Stringflower best applies to the race with white petals divided into four narrow, string-like lobes.
The species of this plant is named for William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), who was Director of Kew Gardens from 1841-1865. He wrote “Flora boreali-americana” and many other works. He was founder and editor of “Journal of Botany”.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, OR Native Distribution:
to OR Native Habitat:
Fields; open to wooded hillsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Very well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Does best with in rock gardens with summer heat and generous winter rains.
PropagationDescription: Easily propagated by cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2008-09-03
Research By: TWC Staff