Alpine Catchfly (Silene suecica)

Botanical names:
Silene suecica Accepted
Lychnis alpina Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 8-12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting


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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Apr 12, 2012 6:46 AM

Easy to winter sow, will also self-sow but isn't a thug in my garden (scattered seedlings are easy to ID and readily removed if they're in the wrong spot). Blooms second year from seed... low growing leaves pop up these breezy thin stalks topped with hot pink blooms.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 26, 2014 8:47 PM

Alpine Catchfly (Silene suecica) is a petite plant with grass-like leaves that produces pretty pink blossoms. In my zone 7a garden, it has flowered from late spring through the summer, with occasional deadheading to encourage rebloom. It is a subarctic species native to the mountains of Scandinavia, and yet it has done well in our hot, humid Maryland summers. It is a short-lived perennial that may stay in the garden through self-seeding.

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Catmint20906 On May 18, 2015 Bloomed
MrsBinWY On April 14, 2017 Potted up
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MrsBinWY On February 9, 2017 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On February 5, 2017 Seeds sown
milk jug, room temp, 16 groups of seeds from Bluespiral
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