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Silene noctiflora
night-flowering catchfly

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

Habitat: Grain fields and waste areas.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual with 1-3 simple or branched stems, 2-6 dm. tall, stiff-hairy throughout and glandular-pubescent above.


Leaves opposite, ovate-lanceolate to elliptic-oblanceolate, 5-12 cm. long and up to 4 cm. broad, the lower ones long-petiolate, the upper sub-sessile.


Flowers few to several in an open inflorescence, the pedicels 3-30 mm. long; calyx 5u00e2u20acu201clobed, tubular, 15 mm. long at flowering, much enlarged in fruit, 10-nerved, the lobes lance-linear, 5-9 mm. long; petals 5, white to pinkish, glabrous, the claw 12-25 mm. long, auriculate above, the blade 7-10 mm. long, bi-lobed less than half the length; blade appendages 2, 0.5-1.5 mm. long and broad; stamens 10; styles 3. Flowers open at dusk.


Capsule 3-celled.

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

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Melandrium noctiflorum (L.) Fr.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Silene noctiflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Silene noctiflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Silene noctiflora photos.

USDA Plants: Silene noctiflora information.

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