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Royal Catchfly Silene regia


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Royal Catchfly
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Family: Caryophyllaceae, Carnation view all from this family

Description Royal Catchfly is a 2-5 ft., erect perennial with bright-red, tubular flowers. The flowers flare into five, slightly toothed, slender petals and are up to 2 in. across. The stems are smooth, but the broad, sometimes clasping leaves, are pubescent.

Flower May - September.

Flower May - September

Habitat Rocky prairies; open woods; rocky glades.

Range Ohio to Kansas and Oklahoma, south to Alabama and Florida.

Discussion The red flowers attract hummingbirds.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial sun.

Native Distribution Ohio to e. Missouri, s. to Georgia & Louisiana

Site Preference Rocky prairies; open woods; rocky glades

Soil Preference Rocky soils.

Wildlife Value Flowers attract hummingbirds.