Photographer: Merel R. Black
Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke
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.
vulgaris: Latin for "common"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-32" tall, robust, mostly smooth forb|
|Flower: ||white, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" wide, stalked, 3 styles; sepals tubular, rounded at the base, inflated in time, papery, hairless with pinkish lines; petals deeply 2-lobed; inflorescence open, with many flowers and branches; blooms June-Oct.|
|Leaf:||mostly only on the stem, often clasping|
|Habitat: ||disturbed sites|