Royal Catchfly (Silene regia) is a rarely seen native prairie perennial. Bright red flowers are borne in clusters in summer near the tips of long stems, each one advertising a long, tubular calyx. Unfortunately for small gnats and flies, the tubular, sticky calyxes are known to trap small flies – its common name, Catchfly, is derived from this unusual adaptation. Royal Catchfly is native to the Midwest and Southeast United States, found naturally in dry, rocky soils in open woods, woodland edges, and prairies. Plant Royal Catchfly in a full sun to part shade location sheltered from strong winds. It pairs well with other prairie and meadow natives such as Coneflowers, Iron Weed, and Black-Eyed Susan. Royal Catchfly is fairly deer resistant.
|Item Package Size|
Plant - 3" Pot
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Mid to late summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Fuzzy green lance-shaped foliage.
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Average, Well Draining
Attract Butterflies, Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Great For Mass Plantings
Rare native plant due to loss of prairie habitat. Attracts Black Swallowtails and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Sticky glands act as a defense to prevent insects from eating the plant by trapping them and digesting them.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
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