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Silene gallica - L.

Common Name common catchfly
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy or gravelly fields and waste places[17].
Range Central and southern Europe, including Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Silene gallica common catchfly


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Silene gallica is a ANNUAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in). It is in flower from June to October, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies), bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Silene anglica. Silene quinquevulnera.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Emollient  Ophthalmic

The plant is said to be emollient and is used in baths or as a fumigant[240]. The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of ophthalmia[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained moisture retentive light loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Silene acaulisMoss CampionPerennial0.1 -  LMNM11 
Silene conoideaweed sileneAnnual0.3 0-0  LMNM010
Silene dioicaRed Campion, Red catchflyBiennial/Perennial0.5 5-9  LMHSM00 
Silene firmaCatchflyAnnual/Biennial0.9 -  LMHSNM12 
Silene latifoliaWhite Campion, Bladder campionPerennial0.6 5-9  LMHNM00 
Silene nigrescens Perennial0.1 -  LMSNDM02 
Silene vulgarisBladder Campion, MaidenstearsPerennial0.6 5-9  LMNM210

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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