Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)
    Pink Family
    Bright red flowers are a treasure in the wildflower garden. This catchfly has a true, vivid red that will bring hummingbirds and other nectar feeders to feed in mid-summer. Hairy stems and leaves are quite sticky and are capable of trapping insects, hence the name catchfly, although no nutrition is gained from it's catches. Best planted in the middle of the garden, as the lower foliage tends to become unsightly in the heat of the summer. Try planting with Little Bluestem or other native grasses. This is a (somewhat) short lived perennial, so be sure to let it go to seed so you will have plants for the future.
    Blooms: Red, 4-6 weeks, June-Aug
    Leaves: Light green, hairy, sticky, lanceolate 2-4”, evergreen basal leaves
    Height: 2-3’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Avg.-dry
    Exposure: Full sun 
    Fauna: Hummingbirds, butterflies
    Seeds: Sticky, green urn shaped capsule holds multiple brown, kidney shaped seeds
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 5-8
    Native Status: Midwest US
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown