Height: 1-2' (30-60 cm) Flowering Time: Spring, summer Flower Colour: White ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Caryophyllidae (Pinks Superorder) Order: Caryophyllales (Pinks Order) Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pinks Family) Genus: Silene (Catchfly) Species: alba (white) ____________________________________
Silene alba is a tall and elegant plant, with softly hairy stems to 2' or so high, and large, solid, soft white flowers a little over an inch across, in an inflated, purple-lined calyx. These have a slight perfume at night, to attract moths to pollinate the flowers.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seedpod is a capsule inside the calyx.
Seed The seeds are dark brown commas. There are many seeds in a seed pod.
Seedling The seedling has softly hairy leaves.
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