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Silene suksdorfii
Cascade catchfly, Suksdorf's catchfly

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; northern Washington to California.

Habitat: Alpine and subalpine slopes, often on talus.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tufted perennial from a branched crown, the numerous, unbranched, erect stems up to 15 cm. tall, finely pubescent and glandular above.


Basal leaves many, linear to linear-lanceolate, 1-2 cm. long and 1.5-2 mm. broad, sessile; cauline leaves similar, usually only 1 or 2 pairs.


Flowers few, perfect; calyx 5-lobed, tubular, 10-12 mm. long, with 10 prominent, purple nerves; petals 5, white to greenish or lavender, the claw 8-13 mm. long, the blade 3-5 mm. long, bi-lobed less than half its length, usually with small, lateral teeth; appendages 2, 2.5-3.5 mm. long, hairy; stamens 10; styles usually 3.


Capsule 1-celled.

Accepted Name:
Silene suksdorfii B.L. Rob.
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 16: 44, plate 6, figs. 9-11. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Silene suksdorfii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Silene suksdorfii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Silene suksdorfii photos.

USDA Plants: Silene suksdorfii information.

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