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Silene hookeri (Hooker's silene)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Silene hookeri

Silene hookeri Nutt.

Hooker's Silene, Dusty Pink, Ground Pink

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)



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”.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: N. CA to OR
Native Habitat: Fields; open to wooded hillsides

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Very well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Does best with in rock gardens with summer heat and generous winter rains.


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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2016-02-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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