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Red Mountain Catchfly
Silene campanulata
About Red Mountain Catchfly (Silene campanulata) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Silene campanulata is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common names Red Mountain catchfly and bell catchfly. It is native to the mountains of Oregon and northern California, where it grows in forest and chaparral habitat, sometimes on serpentine soils. Silene campanulata is a perennial herb growing up to 40 centimeters tall with many small shoots coming from a woody, branching caudex with a taproot. The erect stems are usually hairy and often have glandular, sticky patches on their upper parts. The leaves are up to 5 centimeters long by 3 wide, the lower ones lance-shaped to rounded, and the upper ones linear or oval. Nodding flowers occur in a terminal cyme at the top of the stem, as well as in some of the leaf axils. Each has a hairy, often glandular calyx of fused sepals. This bell-shaped green or purplish calyx is open at the top, revealing five white, greenish, or pale pink petals. The petals have multilobed or fringed tips. The stamens and three long styles protrude from the flower's center. Subspecies. Subspecies include:Silene campanulata ssp. campanulata - Red Mountain catchfly; endemic to California; designated as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. Silene campanulata ssp. glandulosa - Bell catchfly, in California and Oregon. Silene campanulata subsp. greenei - Greene's catchfly, in California and Oregon.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 20.7" - 158.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.42" - 6.12", Coldest Month: 33.8" - 48.5", Hottest Month: 51.3" - 73.8", Humidity: 0.30" - 24.36", Elevation: 162" - 7484"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Bell Catchfly, Bellflower Catchfly

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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