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Silene antirrhina (Sleepy silene)
Schwartzman, Steven

Silene antirrhina

Silene antirrhina L.

Sleepy Silene, Sleepy Catchfly

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Synonym(s): Silene antirrhina var. confinis, Silene antirrhina var. depauperata, Silene antirrhina var. divaricata, Silene antirrhina var. laevigata, Silene antirrhina var. subglaber, Silene antirrhina var. vaccarifolia

USDA Symbol: SIAN2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


From the Image Gallery

4 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall. Red bands on stems are sticky.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: White, often suffused with dark red, rarely wholly dark red.


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , ON , SK

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-206 Collected 2004-06-02 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 26 - Minnesota Wildflowers: a field guide to the flora of Minnesota (2009)

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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