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Silene verecunda  S. Watson
Dolores campion,   San Francisco campion
Silene verecunda 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: coastal, slopes

Communities: Coastal Strand, Northern Coastal Scrub

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFSilene verecunda ssp. andersonii
JEFSilene verecunda ssp. platyota
JEFSilene verecunda var. eglandulosa
JEFSilene verecunda var. platyota
JEFSilene verecunda var. verecunda
Information about  Silene verecunda from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (SIVE)

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[Wikipedia] Range, Description: Silene verecunda is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae known by the common name San Francisco campion.[1] It is native to western North America, particularly California and Baja California, as well as Nevada and Utah. It grows in a number of habitat types, from coastline to high alpine mountain slopes, and including chaparral, woodlands, and meadows. Description Silene verecunda is an extremely variable plant. In general, it is a perennial herb growing 10 centimeters to over half a meter tall, usually with several erect stems. It is hairy, and usually glandular and sticky in texture. The lance-shaped leaves are variable in size, the largest ones usually growing at the caudex. Each flower is encapsulated in a tubular calyx of fused sepals which is lined with ten veins. The petals are white or pink and have two lobes in their tips and two appendages at their bases. (link added 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: 07/17/2024).