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Silene caroliniana (Sticky catchfly)
Brundage, Stephanie

Silene caroliniana

Silene caroliniana Walter

Sticky Catchfly, Wild Pink

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)


USDA Symbol: SICA6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Low in habit, a single wild pink plant can produce 50-100 showy, rose-pink, tubular flowers. These dense clusters of flowers are just even with the tips of the narrow, basal leaves. The plant is slender-stemmed and forms a 3-8 in. compact mound.

Subspecies pensylvanica occupies the eastern part of the range, subspecies wherryi the western, and subspecies caroliniana the southeastern.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , KY , MA , MD , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: MA to OH, s. to SC & n. AL
Native Habitat: Dry, open, gravelly woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Well-drained, rocky soil.
Conditions Comments: Ssp. pensylvanica in the eastern part of the range; ssp. wherryi in the west.


Description: Propagate by seed or cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-04-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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