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PlantFiles: White Campion, Evening Lychnis
Silene latifolia subsp. alba

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Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Silene (sy-LEE-nee) (Info)
Species: latifolia subsp. alba

Synonym:Lychnis alba
Synonym:Silene latifolia var. alba
Synonym:Silene alba
Synonym:Silene pratensis
Synonym:Melandrium album

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Biennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Silver/Gray
Blue-Green

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive ericabelle On Jun 10, 2007, ericabelle from West Plains, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant appeared in my north-facing flowerbed last fall. I thought it was fascinating - it looks a little like giant baby's breath. It came up again this spring and the one plant has grown so large it has taken up half the flowerbed. It's flowers are a pure white, so it seems to "glow" in the evening when it's flowers first open; and they have a nice sweet scent. It will bloom until the first frost here. I will definitely try to collect the seeds this year.

Positive sallyg On Jan 7, 2007, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

A mild 'positive' It self sows but not terribly, is fairly shade tolerant and fairly pretty, but won't last all summer. seed pods are cute little cups.

Positive kniphofia On Jun 12, 2005, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant seeded itself into my garden. I'm growing very fond of it. The flowers, leaves and buds are all pretty.

Neutral TwinLakesChef On Jul 9, 2003, TwinLakesChef from OC, CA & Twin Lakes IA, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

They are growing on the NorthWest side of my neighbor's garage. Full sun in the afternoon. They only bloom in the morning for me.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Englewood, Colorado
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Skowhegan, Maine
Millersville, Maryland
Westland, Michigan
Bolivar, Missouri
Hillsdale, New York
Newark, Ohio
Sidney, Ohio
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Rapid City, South Dakota
Seattle, Washington
Falling Waters, West Virginia
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin



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