This plant germinated quickly from a package of NARGS seed labelled Frasera! I like it's simple style and colour and would like to offer seed.
Looks like one of the annual silenes, maybe S. armeria.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1800 mm precipitation per year
Thank you Todd. Always curious as to how seed strays. I have a perennial silene far away from this spot and I don't collect seed from it. So I assume it must have been in the package of Frasera. I won't be offering this annual to the exchanges of course!Sharon
Zone 5 Georgian Bay, Central Ontario, Canada
I don't think it's Silene armeria, Todd: the color is too pale (armeria is usually magenta) and the flowers even more clustered, and the foliage darker. This has a basal rosette, indicating it could be at least biennial. We shall have to crack open our Silene handbook by Jim Jones: I'll bet it will help!
For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.
I didn't think the rosette leaves in the upper right corner were from the Silene. I'm still not convinced it is. The picture is a little blurry but I thought the bare stem rising from the lower right side was from the plant. If so, it looks annual to me. Looking in Jone's book, I see no Silene that match. Armeria is closest but I agree the colour is a bit pale. I cannot even see any clean foiage in the pic to use that as a help since armeria has such distinctly-coloured foliage.