Perennials forum: Silene plant

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 11, 2012 5:26 PM CST
A mystery plant appeared in my garage flowerbed this year, my gardening friend told me it is Silene..and I have looked on the internet, gardening websites and in catalogues and think it is Lychnis Viscaria "Feuer"..Diane's seeds site has a picture of what mine looked like. It was beautiful..it is finished blooming. I'm wondering if I should cut it back and see if it will rebloom this summer at a later time. Whatever it is, I have no record of planting it. I had one plant of silene about 2 yrs. ago but in a different bed and that plant didn't even get but about 9-12' tall and there was only one stem to it, so I pulled it up and put in yard waste bag. This plant was absolutely stunning and stands about 26 in. tall. I can't find any pictures of this plant's foliage so I can definately ID it. I would love to see if I can collect seeds from it. Do you think if I put a dried bloom in a paper bag and shook the bag, maybe the seeds would fall out?
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 12, 2012 1:32 AM CST
Pippy, I am not familiar with collecting seeds from this plant. Others might come along later. How about the seed forum? They would probably know. Green Grin! http://garden.org/forums/view/seeds/
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 12, 2012 9:52 AM CST
Found more pictures from other garden websites that have convinced me that my friend was right that her identification of my mystery plant is Silene Armeria.. It will be one of the plants in my beds that gets moved toward the back of the bed come Fall. I'm going to cut it back today to see if it will rebloom another time this summer. If anybody out there has this same plant, please share with me. I haven't found a website that tell you what to do with this plant after it blooms, how to collect seeds from it.
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 12, 2012 12:33 PM CST
I cut back the plant and yep, it's stems are sticky..I understand this plant reseeds a lot so I will be anxious to look for those signs of little seedlings starting. Hope I'll be able to recognize them. I definately will be moving it in the Fall toward the back of the border because of it's height.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 12, 2012 1:25 PM CST
Pippy is this it? http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/sile...

Or is this it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silene **** Scroll down!

Susan

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 13, 2012 5:39 PM CST
It's called Silene Armeria (german catchfly)If you look on T's flowers & Things I think she has a picture of it on her website.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 16, 2012 5:17 AM CST
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I think this is the plant

Mine is in bloom now , and Yes they do reseed freely , but always a nice surprise.
You can catch the seed , just as the pods start to dry , pick and bag.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 16, 2012 5:27 AM CST
Thank you Cinda, it is beautiful. Lovey dubby
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 16, 2012 8:20 AM CST
I cut the dried blooms off but didn't keep them..and cut the stems down about 6-9 inches. I've heard from others that this is a plant that reseeds a lot so I'll be on the look out for plants next Spring. I do need to move it back further in the middle of the garden instead of front and center. Cinda, do you recommend I cut it down lower, like to basal crown? Will it rebloom this summer?
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 16, 2012 8:08 PM CST
I have not had them rebloom , but it sounds like you have a longer season there so maybe. The first of mine have just started to bloom here.
They act more like a reseeding annual here for me, I don't notice the same plant in the same place year after year , but I have very messy gardens so I may just not be paying attention.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 17, 2012 7:43 PM CST
Cinda, my silene plant was about 24-26 in. tall. I see yours is in a flower pot. I hope that I'll be able to identify the new seedlings early next spring..I will be moving this plant back farther back in the flowerbed. Don't know why it was at front of bed. guess it was one of the wintersown plants that I just plunked where ever I could find a bare spot. got a big carried away wintersowing too much and then overwhelmed when it came time to plant them out. I'm sure that was probably the case with Silene Armeria, even though I don't show any records of having grown the seed myself.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 22, 2012 10:47 AM CST
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Seedlings are not hard to recognize they are bluish and have a succulent look about them.
They come up in my pots a lot more frequently than in the garden , but I think that may just be the availability of good ground to sprout in.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 22, 2012 2:35 PM CST
Thanks for that tip about the seedlings. My rose campion started blooming today but Sunday when we got back from the plant swap, I notice the magenta blooms were peeking out and ready to bloom. Yesterday, we had a light, soaking rain most of the day and they are predicting more,. I think it is either Patty's plum poppy or Lauren's grape poppy that started blooming on Sunday. I've got to look at my wintersowing records to see which one it is..My red/orange orientals have been stunning this Spring. I had wintersowed them back in 2009 or 2010.

Do you think I could dig the entire Silene plant up and divide and transplant it now or wait till Fall? I've got plenty to keep me busy so don't need to go looking for more work! LOL!
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
May 22, 2012 7:56 PM CST
I'm so glad I stumbled upon this thread.....a mystery plant appeared in my mom's garden just this week and I had no idea what it was. It looks exactly like the plant in Cinda's photo. I'm so happy to know what it is.

Cinda--does it reseed aggressively?
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 22, 2012 9:37 PM CST
The color of the blooms on this plant is magnificent..like a neon hot pink..stunning! I look forward to its return next Spring..
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 23, 2012 2:48 PM CST
Pippi,
I don't know about transplanting , my only experience is with seedlings , never tried to move a mature plant Shrug!

Linda ,
It can be an aggressive seeder especially in pots , I often have to thin them out . I haven't noticed too many in the garden.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.

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