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Silene stellata (Starry Campion)

Widow's Frill, Starry Campion

Silene stellata, Widow's Frill, Starry Campion, white flowers, Prairie Flowers
Silene stellata, Widow's Frill, Starry Campion, white flowers, Prairie Flowers

Quite beautiful, Silene stellata (Starry Campion) is an erect, loosely branching perennial forming a clump of lance-shaped leaves in whorls of four and charming clusters of white, snowflake-like flowers with flaring, deeply fringed petals. Blooming from late spring to late summer, the delicate flowers are borne atop tall slender stems. Rich in nectar, they attract butterflies and moths. Shade and drought tolerant, this wildflower makes a good addition to a wildflower garden. It is also a great choice for naturalizing in shade gardens and woodland gardens, where it will gently spread without being aggressive.

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (60 cm). Will moderately self-sow where happy.
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage is essential and dryish, sandy or clay soils are favored by this plant. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Great for cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, woodland gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed or cuttings. Seeds can be sown outdoors immediately after collection or stored, pretreated and sown later. Divide mature plants in late fall or early spring.
  • Native to the central and eastern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Silene
Common names Catchy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Midwest, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Southeast, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

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

Recommended Companion Plants

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Antennaria dioica (Pussy Toes)
Quercus macrocarpa (Bur Oak)
Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)
Coreopsis tripteris (Tall Tickseed)
Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower)

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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 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Silene
Common names Catchy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Midwest, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Southeast, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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