Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Silene stellata (L.) W.T.Aiton image
Photographer: Janice Stiefel           

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Family Caryophyllaceae
Silene stellata (L.) W.T.Aiton
starry campion, widow's-frill
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.
stellata: starry
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-20" tall forb
Flower: white, 5-parted, 3/4" wide, sepals tubular, petals with frilly lobes; inflorescence open, with many flowers and branches; blooms May-Aug.
Leaf:narrow; mostly in whorls of 4
Habitat: moderate moisture to dry; woods, clearings

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Flora of North America (off site)
Evactoma stellata (L.) Raf. var. scabrella Nieuwl.
Lychnis stellata L. var. scabrella (Nieuwl.) E.J.Palmer & Steyerm.
Silene scabrella (Nieuwl.) G.N.Jones
Silene stellata (L.) W.T.Aiton var. scabrella (Nieuwl.) E.J.Palmer & Steyerm.

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