General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Fruit: Other: Dehiscent pods contining many tiny seeds.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects: Moths
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3-4 weeks of cold, moist stratification
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies

Common names
  • Starry Campion
  • Widowsfrill
  • Widow's Frill
  • Catchfly

Photo Gallery
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2013-07-09
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2014-07-10

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: Northern Illinois (Zone 5a)
Date: 2013-07-22
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 7, 2015 2:10 PM concerning plant:
    An Illinois wildflower w/ clusters of white, showy, fringed, bell-shaped flowers about 3/4ths of an inch across, found in and near open woods and prairies. Up to 3 inches long, the leaves are pointed and in whorls of 4 along slender stiff stems that originate at base of plant.
    The fringes of the flower petals, being "lacy," contribute to the common name appendage "starry."
    Indian tribes used it as a poultice on sores.

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