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Silene stellata

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sy-LEE-nee stell-AY-tuh
Description

Starry Campion is an erect, loosely branching, perennial in the pink family that is native to the eastern USA. The leaves occur in whorls of 4 and the flowers are in terminal clusters of white tubular flowers with flaring deeply fringed petals. It grows 2-3 feet tall and prefers rich woods and open fields.

Grow this plant in partial sun to full sun in average to rich moist soils. Use in the wildflower garden in a naturalized setting, native/pollinator garden or woodland setting. 

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#perennials#white flowers#native wildflower#wildflower garden
 
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#perennials#white flowers#native wildflower#wildflower garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Silene
    Species:
    stellata
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern and central USA
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees and moths are attracted to the flowers.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Ovoid seed capsule with 6 teeth along its upper rim containing several seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    A loose cluster of 3/4 inch white flowers with deeply fringed petals and an inflated bell-shaped calyx. Flowers may close slightly in the heat of the day. Blooms mid to late summer or fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Whorls of 4 lance-shaped leaves in the middle of the stem up to 4 inches long with minutely downy undersides.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Moths