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Gray's Catchfly
Silene grayi
About Gray's Catchfly (Silene grayi) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Silene grayi is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name Gray's catchfly. It is native to the mountains of Oregon and northern California, including the Klamath Mountains, where it grows in chaparral, mountain forests, and the talus of high slopes in alpine climates. It has been observed to occur in a plant association with oceanspray (Holodiscus microphyllus), littleleaf silverback (Luina hypoleuca), and Gray's bedstraw (Galium grayanum). It is a perennial herb producing a decumbent or erect stem up to 20 or 30 centimeters long from a woody, branching caudex. The base of the plant is covered in tufts of leaves. These basal leaves are lance-shaped to nearly spoon-shaped, fleshy, and up to 4 centimeters long. Smaller, narrower leaves occur farther up the stems. Each flower has a tubular calyx of fused sepals lined with ten green or red veins and covered in glandular hairs. It is open at the tip, revealing five pink or purple petals. The petal tips and appendages are divided into narrow lobes.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Pink, Green, Purple, Red

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 42.4" - 158.7", Summer Precipitation: 1.43" - 5.81", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 43.3", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 67.2", Humidity: 1.29" - 20.10", Elevation: 2792" - 14113"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Maui 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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