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Indian Pink Silene californica

 

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Indian Pink
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Family: Caryophyllaceae, Carnation view all from this family



Description Several leafy, somewhat straggling stems arise from the deep taproot of this perennial and are 6-16 in. long. The flowers are extremely showy, up to an inch across. They are a brilliant, scarlet-red with notched or slashed petals. Pairs of dark-green leaves are covered with minute, sticky, soft hairs.


Flower March - August.


Flower March - August


Habitat Open, brushy areas or woods below 5000 ft.


Range S. California, north to Josephine County, Oregon.


Discussion This is a hummingbird favorite.


Comments California Indian pink tends to get straggly with age. Stems can be cut back just after flowering to encourage new growth later.


Exposure Preference Partial sun.


Native Distribution S. California, n. to Josephine County, Oregon


Site Preference Open, brushy areas or woods below 5000 ft.


Soil Preference Well-drained, rocky soils.


Wildlife Value This is a hummingbird favorite.


 

 

 

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