Silene caroliniana 'Short and Sweet' - Wild Pinks or Catchfly
DESCRIPTIONWild Pinks or Catchfly
Silene caroliniana 'Short and Sweet'
Delightful, compact, and easy to grow, Silene caroliniana is an excellent choice for bright shade or full sun. It is covered in deep pink flowers in late spring. Very reliable for us through wet and dry seasons for three years now and in a cool spring it seems to bloom forever - one year we tracked 8 weeks of full bloom! A great native substitute for Dianthus, this Silene has a similar appearance and bloom time, but tolerates a wider variety of garden situations. Silene 'Short and Sweet' is a fantastic plant for naturalizing, yet it can hold its own as a specimen in a container or patio garden as well.
North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery.
- Long-lived, showy bloom
- Butterflies flock to it nectar filled bloom
- Hummingbirds love its color and nectar
- Perfect for grouping in the front of a garden
- Easy to grow and tolerates drier areas
- Outstanding in spring containers
Silene caroliniana can be found in rocky, calcareous woods and outcrops from New Hampshire to Ohio, south to Alabama.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Hummingbirds have virtually no sense of smell. The flowers that attract them have bright colors like red and most have little or no fragrance. They are vibrantly colored and nectar-filled to call hummingbirds for needed pollination duties.
Silene caroliniana prefers full sun, part shade, or shade, though blooms are less numerous in shade. Soil should have average to good drainage and not be wet for extended periods. Though often found in limestone outcrops, S. caroliniana is not particular about pH.