Silene?

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kdemott
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Joined: 2012-06-24
Silene?

Seed for this plant was labeled Silene hookeri. I have seedlings growing in different parts of the garden from dappled shade to full sun. The growth habit is very similar in all conditions. They have yet to produce a strong flush of flowers in the spring, but tend to flower all season with a few flowers here and there. Any ideas if it is a Silene?

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Oddly enough, Silene hookeri seems to be another of those plants for which seeds are almost always misidentified!

Your plant is Saponaria pumilio.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

kdemott
Title: Member
Joined: 2012-06-24

Thanks Lori. I appreciate the ID. It's neat little plant. I wish I had been able to get a better close-up that shows the flowers better but they were all out of focus.

I just found the SRGC thread you had about this plant (www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=7518.0). That helped a lot in clearing up the confusion between pumilio/pumila.

 

 

Southeast of Denver, Colorado            elevation 6200 ft
USDA Zone 5b       Avg annual precipitation 10 in. (if we're lucky!)

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