Silene stellata starry campion Caryophyllaceae SIST; Bx, pb, vc, wv (Yost et al. 1991); Q, cu; R, gb;

 

Silene stellata.D. L. Nickrent.nickrent@plant.siu.edu.www.phytoimages.siu.edu (Accessed 4/2014).

Silene stellata.D. L. Nickrent.nickrent@plant.siu.edu.www.phytoimages.siu.edu (Accessed 4/2014).

Silene stellata is a perennial herb, 30-120 cm tall with several finely hairy, stiff stems. 

Leaves opposite, stem leaves in whorls-4 except upper and lowermost, lanceolate, tips long pointed, 3-10 cm long, to 4 cm. 

Flowers white, petals 0.8-1.1 cm, deeply fringed, (8-12 lobed), calyx 0.5-1.2 cm long 5-lobed (Yatskievych 2006); inflorescence of sparsely branched clusters; blooming June-Aug. 

Fruit a round capsule, opening by 6 teeth which curl outward on dry, winter plant. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry, rocky woodlands or open areas.