Photographer: Janice Stiefel
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.
|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|