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Silene regia

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: July, August

Bloom Color: red

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, cottage garden plant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage

Silene regia (royal catchfly)
  • Silene regia (royal catchfly)
  • Silene regia (royal catchfly)
  • Silene regia (royal catchfly)
  • Silene regia (royal catchfly)

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Silene regia

Also known as:

royal catchfly


Scientific Synonyms:


Silene regia is a stunning perennial wildflower with vibrant red, 5 petaled, tubular flowers that are up to 1" long and across. It produces rigid, unbranched, hairy flowering stems that can grow taller than 4'. The leaves are very attractive and distinctive: they are opposite, up to 4" long, fuzzy, and connect to the stem at an upward 90 degree angle.


Royal catchfly is a rewarding, low maintenance species whose only critical requirement is that it be grown in very well-drained soil. Native to prairies and open meadows, its preference is full sun, but it will tolerate moderate amounts of shade. The root system consists of a taproot which allows it to perform well under dry conditions, although the lower leaves may yellow and drop during extended dry spells. It can self-seed to form colonies, however it is not an aggressive spreader because the seeds tend to drop near the mother plant. The blooming period lasts about a month, during mid to late summer. Zones 5-8


Propagate from stratified seed.

Additional Notes

It can take a period several years for individual plants to reach full maturity, during which time they will become progressively taller, and produce larger and more abundant flowers. Due to loss of prairie habitat, this species has become increasingly rare in the wild.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL, KY, TN
  • Rare: GA
  • Threatened: AR, IN


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Caryophyllaceae Pink family
Genus Silene catchfly
Species Silene regia royal catchfly