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Silene regia (Royal catchfly)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Silene regia Common Name: Royal catchfly Genus: Silene
This North American prairie native produces 2-inch-wide, brilliant cardinal-red flowers that stand out in the summer garden. The common name comes from the sticky glands below the flowers that catch small insects. The plant grows 2 to 4 feet tall and half as wide.
Noteworthy characteristics: Royal catchfly can be grown in mixed herbaceous borders, gravel gardens, or wild gardens.
Care: Provide average, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun or light shade. This species tolerates drought and clay soil but prefers sandy or gravelly soil. Good drainage is essential. Plants may need staking. 
Propagation: Sow seed in fall; in spring, root basal cuttings.
Problems: Snails, slugs, whiteflies, spider mites, aphids, smut, rust, stem and leaf fungi.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Hummingbirds; Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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