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Sleepy Silene
Photo credit: Francis Underwood

This plant is an annual and has inconspicuous flowers.  The petals remain concealed by the sepals. The stem is ringed with glutinous zones. It grows in waste places, along railroad tracks, on ledges, hillsides and in fields and blooms from late spring through summer. It is 6” to 36” in height, not easily seen or noticed, but is relatively common.

This photo was taken in a field in Cranston, RI on May 23, 2009.


Botanical Name:

Silene antirrhina

Common Name:
  Sleepy Silene or Sleepy Catchfly
  Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Waste places, on ledges, hillsides and in fields

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