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Royal Catchfly

SKU: AM019314
per Plant - 3" Pot
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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)
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Botanical Name
Silene regia
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


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.