Silene Species, Turkish Catchfly

Silene argaea

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Silene (sy-LEE-nee) (Info)
Species: argaea (AR-gee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Succulent

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 22, 2005, Sally_Denver from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is from Turkey and some advise "protect from winter wet". Photo shows snow on winter view, but this growing on a rock garden ridge that has perfect drainage. This has fabulous flowers and very cool seedheads, too, then tidy foliage, except for winter. Do not take scraggly brown for dead and remove it! It grows back from the tips of those brown stems. A darling rock garden plant, very well-suited to Denver and likely hotter regions, as well - don't know.

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