OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Silene stellata   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Silene stellata   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Silene stellata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 071-17-001:
Silene stellata   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Silene stellata

 

COMMON NAME:
Starry Campion, Widow's-frill


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image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sist_001_lvd

        

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm090726_202

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers have an inflated, bell-shaped calyx, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm090726_207

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Unusual for this genus, most of its leaves are in whorls of 4, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm140704_595

July    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm140704_608

July    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Indian Cucumberroot, Starry Campion, Whorled Coreopsis and Loosestrife

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

Keith Bradley    kab_silene_stellata_1563

July    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

Keith Bradley    kab_silene_stellata_1668

July    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm080802_096

August    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

The lanceolate stem leaves are mostly in whorls of 4, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm190801_0374

August    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Clearly 5-parted flowers with fimbriate petals 10-20mm long, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm210824_2991

August    Greenville County    SC

Calyx campanulate, sepals united, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Silene stellata, Starry Campion, Widow's-frill

JK Marlow    jkm0509j_31

September    Transylvania County    NC

Silver Run Preserve

Panicle open, elongate; pedicels glabrous or puberulent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Silene stellata   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Silene stellata   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Silene stellata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 071-17-001:
Silene stellata   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Silene stellata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1382

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Dry to mesic forests, rock outcrops, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Midstem leaves whorled, lowest or uppermost opposite

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate calyx
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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