Sweet-William Catchfly - Silene armeria


    A short, erect, hairless plant, the stems sticky above, especially at the nodes. Leaves often greyish, the upper leaves unstalked and clasping the stem. Flowers bright pink, 14 to 16 mm in rather flat topped clusters, the petals shallowly notched and the calyx reddish.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Dry places, disturbed ground, sometimes in shaded areas.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to September.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Scattered localities, mainly in southern Britain. Often found as a garden escape.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland where the record at Fosse Meadows, Sharnford on 10th July 2014 is the first for VC55.  In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was not recorded.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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