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Silene laciniata  Cav.  ssp. californica  (Durand) J. K. Morton
California indian pink
Silene laciniata ssp. californica is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Parent: Silene laciniata
Genus: Silene
Family: Caryophyllaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Chaparral
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFSilene californica
Information about  Silene laciniata ssp. californica from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[calscape.org] Range, Description: Cardinal Catchfly (Silene laciniata ssp. laciniata) is a native perennial herb that grows in northern, southern and central California at elevations from 0-3900 feet. Silene laciniata ssp. californica is found primarily in the northern part of the state and the Sierra foothills. It forms a thick taproot from which an upright or straggling, branching and slightly sticky stem emerges. Larger leaves are typically held on the lower portion of the stem and are triangular or lance shaped. The flowers, though small, are dramatic; though the common name suggests they are pink, in fact they are typically a deep crimson. Very common in its preferred habitat, often in the partial shade of boulders, taller grasses or larger shrubs. Sometimes only the flowers are visible through surrounding vegetation. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).