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Silene laciniata Cav.
Cardinal catchfly, Southern Indian pink, Mexican campion, Catchfly
USDA Symbol: SILA2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, TX Native Distribution:
to c. CA,
s. to Mex. Native Habitat:
Pine forests; grassy or brushy slopes
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Flowers attract hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate with seeds, root sections or cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is required.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2010-05-02
Research By: TWC Staff