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Silene ovata
@ J.C. Raulston Arboretum, NC

Silene ovata

Blue Ridge Catchfly

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Item #: 3147

Zones: 5a to 8b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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Silene ovata, also known as Blue Ridge catchfly, is one of the rarer of the US native catchflys, with a native range from southern Illinois south to Georgia at elevations between 3,000' and 6,000'. With a global ranking of G3 (less than 100 locations and between 3,000-10,000 plants total), we need your help to share this worldwide to ensure its survival. In the wild, Silene ovata is found in forests on rocky wooded slopes, but we've grown it since 2006 in half day sun, and found it amazingly easy, even in unattended parts of the garden where it receives no irrigation. Silene ovata forms a lanky tangle of stems to 3' tall x 5' wide, clothed with narrow, sticky green leaves...to catch flies. At the end of each stem, you'll find the small white carnation-like white flowers that open in the evening, just in time for a visit from a thirsty moth.