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Silene parryi
Parry's, Parry's silene

Distribution: Widely distributed in the mountainous areas in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Alberta, Montana, and Wyoming.

Habitat: Open areas, middle to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Pubescent and glandular perennial from a simple or branched base, the several stems simple, 2-4 dm. tall.


Leaves mostly basal, linear-oblanceolate, 3-8 cm. long and 4-10 mm. broad, long-petiolate; cauline leaves 2-3 pairs, narrower but not shorter than the basal leaves.


Flowers few, in a tight terminal cluster with 1-2 lower on the stem; calyx 5-lobed, tubular, inflating in fruit, 12-16 mm. long, glandular-hairy, with 10 prominent nerves; petals 5, white, or greenish or purplish tinged; the claw about 11 mm. long, broadened above; blade about 5 mm. long, bi-lobed to mid-length, each margin with a shorter lateral tooth; blade appendages 2, 1.5-2 mm. long and broad; ovary stalk 3 mm. long; stamens 10; styles usually 3, exerted.


Capsule 1-celled.

Accepted Name:
Silene parryi (S. Watson) C.L. Hitchc. & Maguire
Publication: Revis. N. Amer. Silene. 36. 1947.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Silene douglasii Hook. var. macounii (S. Watson) B.L. Rob.
Silene macounii S. Watson
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Silene parryi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Silene parryi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Silene parryi photos.

USDA Plants: Silene parryi information.

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