Royal Catchfly (Silene regia 'Prairie Fire')

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 36 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 15 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: Scarlet-red, Crimson, Red-orange
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP15692

First time blooming, 2 yr old plant

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 27, 2013 11:58 PM

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

"Silene regia is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name royal catchfly. It is native to the central United States.[1][2]

This perennial herb grows from a fleshy taproot. There are several erect stems growing up to 1.6 meters tall. The leaves are lance-shaped to oval and up to 12 centimeters long, becoming smaller farther up the stem. The inflorescence is an array of many flowers at the top of the stem. The elongate tubular calyx of sepals is up to 2.5 centimeters long and has 10 longitudinal veins. The lobes of the bright red corolla are 1 to 2 centimeters long.[3] The flowers are pollinated by the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.[1][2] This plant is similar to the other two red-flowered eastern North American Silene, S. virginiana and S. rotundifolia.[2]

This plant is native to the tallgrass prairie of the American Midwest. It occurs in grassland and woodland. It has been found on roadsides and outcrops, and in pastures. It is found in open, sunny spots. It has been found in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. It has been extirpated from Kansas and Tennessee and it is rare throughout most of the rest of its range. It may be most prevalent in Missouri.[2]

The main threat to the species is the loss of habitat to agricultural use. Its native prairie habitat has been reduced so that now the plant mainly grows on roadsides and rights-of-way. It is also threatened by fire suppression, which eliminates the normal fire regime that keeps the habitat open and sunny. Larger and woody vegetation moves into the habitat when fire is reduced, and the Silene cannot compete.[2]"

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