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Silene regia

Royal Catchfly

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Item #: 3032

Zones: 5a to 9b, at least


Height: 48" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

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If you haven't tried royal catchfly, then you have missed one of the truly great Eastern US natives. Silene regia has a limited and scattered range from Illinois south to Florida in mostly prairie habitats. Emerging from a basal rosette, the tight clump of flowering stems shoot upward to 2.5-4' tall, clothed to the top with long smooth green leaves. In June/July, the sticky stalks (which actually catch insects) are topped with terminal inflorescences of hundreds of exquisite 5-petaled screaming hot orange-red flowers. We have found Silene regia quite easy to grow in a variety of decently-drained soils. Royal catchfly has high shock value in the perennial border and is a favorite of hummingbirds, swallowtail butterflies, and gardeners of all persuasions.