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Sweet William catchfly

Silene armeria

sy-LEE-nee ar-MARE-ee-ah

Sweet William catchfly’s vivid dark pink flower clusters beautify the garden in late summer. It is a herbaceous perennial most often grown as an annual, as it readily propagates from seed. Native to Europe, it has escaped gardens and naturalized in eastern and central North America, as well as the Pacific Northwest.

CareProvide full sun to part shade and dry to medium, well-drained soil that is preferably sandy or gravelly. Plants do not do well in hot and humid summers.

PropagationSelf-sows easily, or sow seeds where they are to grow in spring or summer.

ProblemsNothing serious.

  • Genus : Silene
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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