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Silene sargentii  S. Watson
Sargent's campion,   Sargent's catchfly
Silene sargentii 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

Communities: Subalpine Forest, Alpine Fell-fields
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSSilene watsonii
Information about  Silene sargentii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Description: Silene sargentii is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae known by the common name Sargent's catchfly.[1] It is native to the western United States, where it is known from the mountain ranges straddling the California-Nevada border east of the Sierra Nevada. It is also known from one disjunct occurrence in central Washington.[2] It grows in rocky mountain habitat in subalpine and alpine climates. It is a perennial herb growing from a woody, branching caudex and taproot, sending up several decumbent or erect stems and shoots. It grows no more than about 20 centimeters tall, often taking a clumpy form. The fleshy leaves are widely lance-shaped and a few centimeters in length, most of them occurring around the caudex. Each flower is encapsulated in a hairy, glandular calyx of fused sepals which has stark purple veining. The petals are white to deep pink and each has two or more rounded or pointed lobes at the tip. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
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: 05/19/2024).