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Silene stellata

Starry Campion

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Each delicate looking flower has 5 odorless, white, fringed petals; mainly pollinated by moths.

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The delicate looking flowers of Starry Campion have 5 odorless, white, fringed (“frilled”) petals that remain open in the evening, at night and in early morning. They close-up in the middle of the day. Pollinated mainly by moths. Blooms last 3-4 weeks in mid to late summer, until fall. Leaves are in groups of 4 that whorl around the stem. Tolerates a range of soils including dry to moist loam, clay-loam and sandy-loam, in partial sun; tolerates drought. Has a deep taproot, so choose location wisely. Reseeds itself in the garden. Belongs to the same genus as carnations. Plant in native meadows, naturalized areas and in pollinator gardens. Pair with Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

Wildlife Value: Moths mainly pollinate the flowers and benefit from the nectar, bees also occasionally visit the flowers.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Widow's Frill

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: White

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 3 ft

Spread: 1 - 2 ft

Growth Rate: Medium