Photographer: Steve C. Garske
Silene armeria L.
sweet-William catchfly, sweet-William silene
Silene: probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.
armeria: Latinized from the old French name armoires for a cluster-headed dianthus
|Status: ||Introduced - escaped|
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 4"-28" tall, mostly hairless forb; stems sometimes with sticky areas below the upper nodes|
|Flower: ||pink to lavender, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, sepals tubular and tight at the bottom, petals 2-lobed; inflorescence dense, branched clusters (cymes); blooms June-July|
|Leaf:||stalkless, more or less clasping|
|Habitat: ||disturbed sites|