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Silene regia

Royal Catchfly

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Silene regia (Royal Catchfly)

Royal Catchfly is similar to Fire Pink (Silene virginica), but is taller and blooms later in the season (June-August) with brilliant two-inch wide red flowers that provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. The flower, which is sticky, gives the plant its common name. Royal Catchfly, unlike Fire Pink, likes being planted with companion plants such as Little Bluestem, Prairie Dropseed or Missouri Black-eyed Susans, which help support it. It can be found naturally occurring on savannahs and is a relatively short-lived plant that self-sows.

Additional Information:

24-36 Inches


12-18 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Tall Larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum), Blue Sage (Salvia azurea), Missouri Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia missouriensis), Gray-head Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar