Silene regia

Royal Catch Fly

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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'.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Good for Cut Flowers
Native
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40"
4050
40 to 50"
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBL3Z51

Details

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.
SKU HBL3Z51
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
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & 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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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display on the cart at checkout after you enter your zip code. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from Feb 25 through mid-June, warmest zones first.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

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High Country GardensSilene regia
 
2.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (3)
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    • Avid gardener (8)
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    • Personal (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Eye Catcher

This Silene Regia is rare in Maryland. It was s;ow to have a presence, it took three years, but this year strollers stop to admire the five planted near the roadway and...Read complete review

This Silene Regia is rare in Maryland. It was s;ow to have a presence, it took three years, but this year strollers stop to admire the five planted near the roadway and in front of the Meta sequoia. The few seeds saved from last year have yet to appear.
The attached photos tell the story better.

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A tender transplant

The plant arrived in not so satisfactory condition. I contacted the company when I received it to tell them about the condition of the plant and they suggested to plant it and see how...Read complete review

The plant arrived in not so satisfactory condition. I contacted the company when I received it to tell them about the condition of the plant and they suggested to plant it and see how it did. I planted according to specific instructions but it struggled. Unfortunately, it didn't do well. I called High Country back and because of my initial phone call to them, they were very considerate and refunded my entire amount for the plant.

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1.0

I would not buy this again

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from alabama

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Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

I would not buy this again. This plant died (twice now).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not a beginner plant

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from Centennial , Colorado

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Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

The description for this plant might have been better if it had included that this plant has a taproot. Having said that my plant, not obtained from HCG incidentally, is still struggling to get established after 2 years. Moreover, plants with taproots are that much harder to get established if the taproot is disturbed or when transplanted. Nevertheless, It is a difficult plant to get established in my Colorado garden. This is not a plant for the beginner gardener.

NOTE: I have purchased HCG plants and find them all to be very reliable.

 
2.0

Still patient and waiting

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from Denver CO

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Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

Ordered this in spring of 2016. When it arrived it had no leaves on a small ball of a root system. Planted anyway and it did show any sign of life after 2 months. Notified HCG and they sent a replacement plant for spring 2017. This plant was more like I usually get, healthy. It grew a few leaves in the first 3-4 weeks then it appeared something was chewing on the new leaves. I put down some slug bait and that seemed to stop the chewing but did not make any more new leaves appear. As of today 12/1/2017 I checked and it still had a few green leaves. I will see what happens in the spring

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4.0

A perperennial that is under used. Unique but requires space

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from Temperance, MI

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Pool Area

    Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

    I would use this in a mixed bed. It had a long bloom period.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor plant received

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    from Denver CO

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

    Received this plant along with about 8 others from HCG. There were no leaves on the "plant"I received and no identification marker. I planted it anyway and it did not survive. I notified HCG and will receive a replacement plant this spring

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    It was growing.

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    from Central Oregon

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

      The plant did not respond well to our summer. Perhaps it will grow strong and vigorous in its second year. No where close to producing flowers. Height was 4 inches at best.

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      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Eye Catcher

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      from Maryland

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

      • Slow To Start

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

      This Silene Regia is rare in Maryland. It was s;ow to have a presence, it took three years, but this year strollers stop to admire the five planted near the roadway and in front of the Meta sequoia. The few seeds saved from last year have yet to appear.
      The attached photos tell the story better.

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      • Personal

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      slow starter, beautiful plant

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      from Cheyenne, WY

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

      • Difficult To Store

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

      I planted one of these six years ago. I found it to be a slow starter, but once it was established, it grew steadily year after year. Even though here in WY is on the very edge of it's zone suitability, the plant has thrived, reaching about 5' tall and covered with blooms. Hummingbirds aren't common here, but a couple of them always manage to find it.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Quality has always been great

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      from Bethlehem Pa

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

        We have been ordering for many yrs from your catalog and if there was ever a problem it was taken care of keep up good work Gene

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        A tender transplant

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        from Brimfield, IL

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Silene regia:

        The plant arrived in not so satisfactory condition. I contacted the company when I received it to tell them about the condition of the plant and they suggested to plant it and see how it did. I planted according to specific instructions but it struggled. Unfortunately, it didn't do well. I called High Country back and because of my initial phone call to them, they were very considerate and refunded my entire amount for the plant.

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        • Personal

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        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.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • 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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