Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Silene csereii Baumg.
Balkan catchfly, glaucous campion
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.
csereii: dedicated in 1816 to Wolfgang von Cserei, Baumgarten's patron
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, biennial/perennial, up to 40" tall forb with branched stems|
|Flower: ||white, 5-parted, calyx tubular and tapering at both ends, petals with 2 lobes; inflorescence open, with many flowers and branches, the main branches very long; blooms May-Oct.|
|Leaf:||widely oval, bluish-gray, smooth|
|Habitat: ||sun; dry; disturbed areas|