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Silene californica
Silene californica

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Silene californica

California Indian Pink
Caryophyllaceae
Perennials

SILENE

Colorful choices for front of border or rock garden. Flowers are typically single. Many species; some are erect, others cushionlike. Need well-drained soil.

Silene californica

Native to the foothills of California and southern Oregon. Loosely branching plant to 1 ft. tall and wide. Blooms in spring, producing flaming red, 1/2-in. flowers with cleft and fringed petals in clusters of few to many. Gray-green, hairy, lance-shaped to ovate leaves to 3 in. long are somewhat sticky. Occasionally sold in seed packets. In its native range, it receives no moisture during the summer months, but it can take water then if given excellent drainage.

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