Silene armeria


Common Names: Sweet William catchfly, dwarf catchfly
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Campions

The name comes from the way in which small insects are trapped by the sticky sap exuded onto the stem. However it is not currently regarded as a carnivorous plant, though it has been identified as a carnivorous plant in the past. The plant grows to 20 to 70 cm in height. Leaves are numerous, 2.5 to 5 cm long, elliptic, oval, or narrowly oval, smooth. Clusters of pink or lavender flowers arranged somewhat openly or compactly at end of stems. Stem hairless (glabrous) or slightly hairy with sticky areas, especially just below the cluster. A plant native of Europe in roadsides, weedy places. Has been introduced to North America and latter escaped cultivation become an invasive species. As a cultivated plant, there is some variation in color and form.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
 
Edible Notes: Some parts of the plant are reported to be poisonous if ingested.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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