Silene laciniata Cav.
Cardinal Catchfly, Southern Indian Pink, Mexican Campion, Catchfly
Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
USDA Symbol: sila2
Cardinal Catchfly or Southern Indian Pink’s one to several, 1-4 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX 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 Treatment: No treatment is required.
Commercially Avail: yes
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Silene laciniata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Silene laciniata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Silene laciniata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: TWC Staff