Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Silene regia - Royal Catchfly

Ohio Native Plant Natural Range

 Silene regia

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has a wonderful map showing the natural range of this plant

Ohio Department of Natural Resources list classifies Royal Catchfly as threatened
Catchfly - Nodding Onion Garden
yal Catchfly ready to bloom
Royal Catchfly ready to bloom

Wildlife Significance

Silene regia 

Nectar Source - Butterflies (Black Swallowtails) - hummingbirds

Major Pollinator - Hummingbirds
Birds - Hummingbirds absolutely love this plant! In an attempt to keep hummingbird "arguments" to a minimum, it is best to have several Royal Catchfly plants in your yard, preferably in different locations. 

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website.
Royal Catchfly
Royal Catchfly Jim Wohl
royal catchfly before it flowers
Royal Catchfly before flowering
Royal catchfly from Michigan wildflower gardens
Royal Catchfly Kathy's wildflower gardens - Michigan
Cultivation Information
Royal Catchfly

Height - 2-4 feet 

Flower Color - Red
Blooms - July - August
Sun - Full Sun

Hardy Zone - 4 - 9 
Soil - Well drained

Support - This beauty does best if planted near other native plants that provide support and structure The white unusual design and texture of Wild Quinine flowers (Parthenium integrifolium) make a stunning combination

Family – Caryophyllaceae
Silene regia - Royal Catchfly
Silene regia - Royal Catchfly

Propagation Notes - Silene regia

Seed Stratification - 60 days cold moist storage

Germination - High rate of success, seeds do best when only covered with vermiculite and not soil.

Location - Young plants require a dry, sunny location - An overly shady moist area creates poor quality plants
Seed Provenance -Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN 2013 - Nodding Onion Gardens 2014 - present