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Starry Campion, Widow's Frill - Silene stellata


Family: Caryophyllaceae Pink family Genus Common Name: Catchfly Native Status: Native
Silene stellata - Starry Campion, Widow's Frill. Starry Campion is listed as of Special Concern in Connecticut, Threatened in Michigan, apparently no longer occurs in Rhode Island based on its Historical classification.

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Distribution of Silene stellata in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 Apr 2014). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2011-August-01Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Silene stellata has five white fringed petals united at their bases in a short corolla tube.
Silene stellata

Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Silene stellata has five white fringed petals united at their bases in a short corolla tube.
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Silene stellata

Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The Starry Campion flowers are in clusters of 2 or 3 blossoms.
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Silene stellata

Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The lanceolate leaves of Starry Campion are normally in whorls of 4, occasionally opposite, although if you find one with opposing leaves rather than whorls, you might have Silene ovata rather than Silene stellata.
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Silene stellata

Site: Reflection Riding, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2010-September-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Starry Campion has a somewhat weak stem. In this photo it has leaned over a bank and is horizontal.
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Silene stellata

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