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Silene caroliniana 'Short and Sweet'

Wild Pinks or Catchfly

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 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. 


 

Benefits

  • 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

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

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.


Height
6-8 Inches

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Spread
10-15 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-7

Native Range

Silene caroliniana can be found in rocky, calcareous woods and outcrops from New Hampshire to Ohio, south to Alabama.

Native Trivia

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.

Good Companions
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Whorled Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum), Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), Silver Gem Prostrate Blue Violet (Viola walteri)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Coastal
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Light Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia