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Silene laciniata (Cardinal Catchfly)

Cardinal Catchfly, Southern Indian Pink, Mexican Campion, Mexican Pink, Catchfly

Silene laciniata, Cardinal Catchfly, Southern Indian Pink, Mexican Campion, Catchfly, Red flowers, Drought tolerant plants, California Native Plants, California Native Perennials
Silene laciniata, Cardinal Catchfly, Southern Indian Pink, Mexican Campion, Catchfly, Red flowers, Drought tolerant plants, California Native Plants, California Native Perennials
Silene laciniata, Cardinal Catchfly, Southern Indian Pink, Mexican Campion, Catchfly, Red flowers, Drought tolerant plants, California Native Plants, California Native Perennials

Bright red like the plumage of a cardinal, Silene laciniata (Cardinal Catchfly) is a showy clump-forming perennial boasting brilliant clusters of star-shaped flowers from late spring to mid-summer. Small but eye-catching, each flower, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), features five thin petals deeply divided into 4-6 lobes. Rich in pollen, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The blossoms are borne in loose clusters at the top of upright sticky stems bearing linear to lance-shaped, opposite leaves. The leaves are densely covered with sticky hairs. Native to the southwestern United States, Cardinal Catchfly occurs naturally in pine forests, grassy or brushy slopes, ridges, meadows, and roadsides. Cardinal Catchfly likes to lean against other vegetation. It is an excellent showy plant for a shaded rock garden and a great addition to wildflower gardens, native plant gardens, woodland gardens, or cottage gardens.

  • Grows up to 24 in. tall (60 cm) and 36 in. wide (36 cm).
  • Thrives in part shade in moderately fertile, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage is essential and gravelly soils are favored by this plant. Tolerates full sun but best in partly sunny sites with afternoon shade.
  • Great for beds and borders, cottage gardens, or prairies and meadows.
  • Pest and disease-free and low maintenance, this eye-catching beauty is also deer resistant.
  • The stems can be cut back just after flowering to encourage new growth later. 
  • Propagate by seed (no treatment), cuttings, and root cuttings.
  • Native to the southwestern United States from California to Texas, as well as northern Mexico.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Climate Zones 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Silene
Common names Catchy, Mexican Pink
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Silene stellata (Starry Campion)
Silene dioica (Red Campion)
Silene regia (Royal Catchfly)
Silene virginica (Fire Pink)
Silene caroliniana (Wild Pink)
Silene uniflora (Sea Campion)

Recommended Companion Plants

Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine)
Mimulus guttatus (Yellow Monkey Flower)
Mimulus cardinalis (Scarlet Monkey Flower)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Climate Zones 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Silene
Common names Catchy, Mexican Pink
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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