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Silene armeria (Caryophyllaceae)
An attractive annual or tender perennial native to Europe, but has naturalized throughout the United States. The generous rosepink flowers are arranged in compact clusters radiating from a slender stem. Thrives in full sun or partial shade in various soil types. Makes a breathtaking display when planted in mass.
Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 1-2 feet
Germination: 15-25 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 70F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: May-September
Average seeds per pound: 4,480,000
Seeding rate: 1 lb. per acre
1 oz Covers: 2,723 sq. ft.
Suggested use: Floral gardens, roadsides, disturbed areas.
Miscellaneous: The stem exudes a sticky sap that captures small insects that try to steal nectar without pollinating the flowers. Hence, the common name, Catchfly.