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Silene dioica

Silene dioica

Common name catchfly
Family caryophyllaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink (May)
Size 2'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinates readily at room temperature; self-seeds in our garden
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-June

My dad was surprised to see this growing in our garden – in his Dutch garden, he considers it a weed. I admit, it's not the most refined plant, and it does reseed somewhat freely, but it sure is pretty when it blooms. It also puts up with a fair bit of shade, which comes in handy in our garden which is getting shadier by the year.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade, wintersowed to pot in mid-March; plenty of seedlings by mid-April
  2. Seed for 'Purple Prince' from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (78%G, 5-8d)

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