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Silene douglasii  Hook.
Douglas catchfly,   Douglas' campion,   Douglas's catchfly,   Seabluff catchfly
Silene douglasii is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Silene
Family: Caryophyllaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: slopes

Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Information about  Silene douglasii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
USDA PLANTS Profile (SIDO)

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[Wikipedia] Habitat, Description, Varieties: Silene douglasii is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae known by the common name Douglas's catchfly.[1] It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Wyoming, where it grows in several habitat types, including forests, woodlands, and coastal scrub.[1] Description Silene douglasii is a tufted perennial herb growing from a branching caudex and taproot, its stems decumbent to erect and up to 70 centimeters long. The stem is coated in curly or feltlike gray-white hairs. The lanceshaped leaves are up to 6 centimeters long on the lower stem and are smaller farther up. Each flower is encapsulated in a cylindrical inflated calyx of sepals lined with ten green or purple-red veins. It is open at the tip, revealing five white, pink or purplish petals, each with two wide lobes at the tip. Varieties There are three varieties of this species. Silene douglasii var. douglasii [2][3] Silene douglasii var. oraria Seabluff catchfly, rare and endemic to the Oregon coastline.[4] Silene douglasii var. rupinae [5] (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: 04/12/2024).