Royal Catchfly

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A showy prairie native for tough soils, Royal Catchfly brings bright red to the garden or meadow palette. Standing tall with starry scarlet flowers, they are highly attractive to ruby-throated hummingbirds and black swallowtail butterflies. Tiny white hairs softly coat lanceolate leaves, giving Royal Catchfly a downy appearance and creating contrast for mid-to-late summer flowers. (Silene regia)
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
attract-butterflies
Attract Butterflies
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Easy To Grow
attract-hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
bee-friendly
Bee Friendly
deer-resistant
Deer Resistant
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Native
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Great For Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
full-sun
Full Sun
half-sun--half-shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 24-48" tall , 12-24" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot
SKUAM019314

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

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. 

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SKUAM019314
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Royal Catchfly
Botanical Name
Silene regia
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Red
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Growth Rate
Slow
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Fuzzy green lance-shaped foliage.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Great For Mass Plantings
Additional Information
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.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
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