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Silene antirrhina
sleepy catchfly

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Open areas, often where disturbed.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Erect, simple to branched annual, 2-8 dm. tall, puberulent below and glabrous above, glandular in bands below the nodes.


Basal leaves oblanceolate, 3-6 cm. long and 2-15 mm. wide; cauline leaves several pairs, oblanceolate to linear.


Flowers few to many in a compact or open inflorescence; calyx 5-lobed, tubular, 4-10 mm. long, 10-nerved, glabrous; petals 5, white to pink, with a narrow claw 2-3 times as long as the obcordate blade; blade appendages two, 0.4 mm. long; stamens 10; styles 3.


Capsule 3-celled.

Accepted Name:
Silene antirrhina L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 419. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Silene antirrhina in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Silene antirrhina checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Silene antirrhina atlas page.

CalPhotos: Silene antirrhina photos.

USDA Plants: Silene antirrhina information.

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