Silene dichotoma Ehrh.
Silene dichotoma, commonly known as forked catchfly, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.
Silene dichotoma was described by Jakob Friedrich Ehrhart in 1792. The name is considered as validly published.
Silene dichotoma is a species in the genus Silene which contains approximately 485 to 1404 species and belongs to the family of the Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family). The type species of the genus is Silene anglica.
The plants reach heights of 50 to 100 centimetres.
Silene dichotoma has simple leaves that are opposite. The leaves are lanceolate, entire and petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Silene dichotoma produces cymes of white five-stellate flowers from June to August.
Silene dichotoma is native to Italy, Hungary, the Balkan Peninsula, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and West-Siberia and is naturalized in Northern Europe, France, Central Europe and North America.
The plants prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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