Royal catchfly

Silene regia

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Royal catchfly (Silene regia)
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.

Overview

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
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
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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