Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Silene:
Silene gallica
Page Authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
common catchfly, windmill-pink 
Blooms: May-July
Habit: herb
Duration: annual
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Distribution: Occurring in the lowlands west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho and Arizona; also in the eastern half of the U.S.
Habitat: Weed of disturbed soil and wasteland.
Species Description:

General: Annual, the stems simple or branched, 1-4 dm. tall, conspicuously pubescent with stiff, white hairs, glandular-pubescent above.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, the few basal leaves oblanceolate to spatulate, broadly petiolate; cauline leaves narrower, 1.5-4 cm. long and 2-8 mm. broad.
Flowers: Flowers several to numerous in a simple to compound, leafy-bracteate raceme; calyx tubular, 5-lobed, 10-nerved, 6-9 mm. long, inflating in fruit, constricted at the orifice, glandular-pubescent, with stiff hairs up to 2 mm. long; petals 5, whitish to pink, lavender, or deep purple; claw of the petal narrow, 4-6 mm. long, the blade elliptic-obovate, usually entire, slightly twisted, making the corolla look like a pinwheel; blade appendages 2, linear, entire, 1 mm. long; ovary stalk 1 mm. long; stamens 10; styles 3.
Fruits: Capsule 3-celled.
Accepted Name:
Silene gallica L.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Silene gallica
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Silene gallica specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Silene gallica specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Silene gallica treatment.

E-Flora BC: Silene gallica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Silene gallica images.

USDA Plants Database: Silene gallica.
Additional photographs of Silene gallica:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Riley, 1995

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

Joe DiTomaso

Joe DiTomaso
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