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Silene acaulis (Cushion-pink)
Weyand, Phyllis

Silene acaulis

Silene acaulis (L.) Jacq.

Cushion-pink, Moss campion

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: siac

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)

This popular rock garden plant makes tight, moss-like cushions of almost spiny, glossy leaves which seem to flow over the rocks. Long, woody taproots anchor the perennial deeply in rock crevices. In flower, pink to lavender, five-petaled blossoms dot the bright-green mat in profusion. Dwarf plant, forming dense tussocks, with solitary pink to violet flowers at the ends of leafy branches.

This beautiful little mountain-dwelling wildflower forms extensive moss-like carpets in the western mountains but appears only locally in the East, where Mt. Washington in New Hampshire is its southern limit.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit:
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: AK , AZ , CO , ID , ME , MT , NH , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: NS
Native Distribution: Circumpolar (var. exscapa), s. in N. America to OR, ID, n. MT & NH; extending s. in the Rockies to NM & AZ as var. subacaulescens
Native Habitat: Moist, chalky rock crevices in high mts.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Rich, scree soil.
Conditions Comments: This is a trouble-free, rock garden plant.

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Propagation

Description: Can be propagated from stem cuttings. Plants come easily from seed, and should be transplanted to the rockery when the rosettes get 1-2 in. across.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: UPL UPL FAC UPL UPL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Silene acaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Silene acaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Silene acaulis

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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