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SILENE dioica 'Firefly'

Image of Silene dioica 'Firefly' PP20041

Blooms of Bressingham

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

SILENE dioica 'Firefly' PP20041

Plant Common Name

Adder's Flower, Campion

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General Description

Stunning in late spring and summer with its tall stems filled with pretty pink flowers, adder's flower is also called catchfly because of the sticky hairs on leaves and stems. This semi-evergreen perennial is a native of Europe, sometimes considered a common weed there, but adored when in flower.

The bright mid-green leaves are ovals with minute hairs. From late spring to midsummer the tall, hairy and green or burgundy stems rise upwards and branch to hold the many loose clusters of carmine pink flowers. Each petal is V-shaped and is supported by a bulging, toothed group of calyces, the modified leaves that once protected the flower bud. Butterflies will frequent these very pretty blossoms. Seeds will be scattered nearby and perpetuate the species.

Grow adder's flower in average to gritty, well-draining soils that are not acidic. In hot climates provide some shade, elsewhere grow in full sun. Use it in the mixed border or cottage garden, or as a cluster in a large rockery. Its self-sowing nature allows it to naturalize in roadside medians or in meadows. The pale yellow and green variegated cultivar 'Clifford Moor' is exceptional and the leaves of 'Valley High' are yellow and green. Each as rose-pink flowers. Double flowered selections like 'Flore Pleno' and 'Thelma Kay' do not self-seed as readily.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Western Europe, United Kingdom

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Hot Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes