Silene regia

Royal Catch Fly

This rare native species found only in a few areas of the Midwest is a must for brightening the late summer garden. Its scarlet-red flowers are extremely showy and will attract hummingbirds eager to feed from the nectar-rich blossoms. Plant in enriched, well-drained sandy or loam soils and irrigate regularly if conditions are dry. A wonderful flowering companion for Agastache 'Black Adder'.
Zones4 - 9
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height24-48" tall
Mature Spread15" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC015208

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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24-48" tall x 15" wide (seed propagated). This rare native species found only in a few areas of the Midwest is a must for brightening the late summer garden. Its scarlet-red flowers are extremely showy and will attract hummingbirds eager to feed from the nectar-rich blossoms. Plant in enriched, well-drained sandy or loam soils and irrigate regularly if conditions are dry. A wonderful flowering companion for Agastache foeniculum.
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SKUHC015208
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Royal Catch Fly
Botanical Name
Silene regia
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Red
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Mature Spread
15" wide
Bloom Time
Summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Advantages
Native
Ideal Region
West
Planting Time
Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
Silene (Campion or Catchfly) - a large genus of primarily Northern Hemisphere wildflowers that includes a wide range of types from tiny rock garden species to large, showy prairie plants and meadow dwellers. Some tend to be short lived.

Preferred growing conditions
  • Plant in compost enriched garden loam. Avoid clay soils. Silene prefers to be planted in a full to partial sun locations.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials except in moisture Eastern climates where plants should remain un-mulched.
  • Irrigate regularly the first growing season to establish the plants. They grow well in dry to moderately moist soil conditions and should be given weekly supplemental irrigation in arid Western climates. Rainfall is generally sufficient in moister eastern climates.
  • Deadheading will help to keep the plants blooming longer into the summer.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
  • Special comments
  • Leave the plants standing over the winter months and cut back in early to mid-spring.
  • Lychnis don't need to be divided.
  • Some species are short lived and may need replacement after the third growing season.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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