Silene regia Prairie Fire
Prairie Fire Royal Catch Fly
Details36-48" 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.)
|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|
|Mature Height||36-48" tall|
|Mature Spread||15" wide|
|Bloom Time||Early to late summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
- 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.
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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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