Catchfly (Silene)

Catchfly Plant Features

Sticky stems that occasionally trap flies, give Silene its common name, catchfly. This pretty little bloomer sends up 12-inch-tall stalks with five-petaled pink or white flowers in the summer. Catchfly prefers cooler climates and well-drained soil and is best treated as an annual or biennial. Catchfly has attractive, mat-like, gray green foliage that disappears later in the season. Catchfly is a sea coast native that thrives in sun or partial shade. Hardy from zones 3-8.

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Catchfly Growing Instructions

Catchfly requires quick-draining soil and will suffer if forced to live in wet locations. It grows best in full sun, but in warmer parts of its range, place it in a spot that receives a bit of light shade in the afternoon. Because catchfly has a relatively short life span, replant every year or two with new specimens. Or, allow the seeds from mature flowers to germinate in the soil.

Catchfly is not intended for human or animal consumption.

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

Complement your Catchfly

Like Catchfly, pansies prefer cool temperatures and well drained soil. Plus, they both have similar lifespans so they make a great team in pots and planters.

Another sea coast native, Armeria is equally salt tolerant as Catchfly.

Dusty Miller
The pink blooms of Catchfly look terrific planted with the silvery foliage of Dusty Miller.