Silene regia Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire Royal Catch Fly

Red Silene regia Prairie Fire, Silene regia Prairie Fire, Prairie Fire Royal Catch Fly



Prairie Fire' is animproved selection of the Mid-Western native Silene regia. A rare plant in nature, this showy wildflower blooms in mid- to late summer with huge scarlet-red flowers. A favorite of the hummingbrids.

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Zones 4 - 9
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Bloom Time Early to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 91742


36-48" tall x 15" wide (tissue culture propagation). 'Spectacular' is the first adjective that comes to mind when viewing this superb new wildflower cultivar. In mid-to-late summer, 'Prairie Fire's' huge 2 1/2" wide florescent scarlet-red flowers will attract hummingbirds in great numbers. A rare native species found in only a few areas of the Midwest, it requires well-drained sandy or loam soils. Although it tolerates dry conditions once established, it grows best with adequate soil moisture. Introduced by Neil Dibol of Prairie Nursery. (Asexual propagation without a license is prohibited.)

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SKU 91742
Common Name Prairie Fire Royal Catch Fly
Botanical Name Silene regia Prairie Fire
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft
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.


Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

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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.

  • 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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