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Silene schafta
Silene schafta
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Silene schafta

Autumn Catchfly

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 1.492.100

Also known as Autumn Campion, this is a useful rock-garden plant for late season colour, flowering at a time when most other alpines are long finished. It forms a low mound or tuft of bright green leaves, loaded with starry magenta-pink flowers from mid-summer into the fall. Prefers a sandy or gritty soil. Also nice for edging a well-drained border. Division may be attempted in early spring, but is not always successful. Self-sown seedlings may appear, but this does not become weedy. Drought tolerant once established. Received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (1993).

Further details for
Silene schafta

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Pink
Blooming Time
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Drought Tolerant
   10-15 cm
   4-6 inches
   20-30 cm
   8-12 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.