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Sticky Catchfly Silene caroliniana


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Sticky Catchfly
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Alternate name: Wild Pink

Family: Caryophyllaceae, Carnation view all from this family

Description Low in habit, a single wild pink plant can produce 50-100 showy, rose-pink, tubular flowers. These dense clusters of flowers are just even with the tips of the narrow, basal leaves. The plant is slender-stemmed and forms a 3-8 in. compact mound.

Flower April - June.

Flower April - June

Habitat Dry, open, gravelly woods.

Range New Hampshire and Massachusetts to Ohio, south to Florida and Alabama, west to Missouri.

Discussion Subspecies pensylvanica occupies the eastern part of the range, subspecies wherryi the western, and subspecies caroliniana the southeastern.

Comments Ssp. pensylvanica in the eastern part of the range; ssp. wherryi in the west.

Exposure Preference Partial shade.

Native Distribution Massachusetts to Ohio, s. to South Carolina & n. Alabama

Site Preference Dry, open, gravelly woods

Soil Preference Well-drained, rocky soil.