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Night-flowering catchfly

Silene noctiflora

Photo: Night-flowering catchfly

General description

With its distinctly sticky stems and its sweet fragrance, Night-flowering catchfly is an excellent choice for a wildflower garden.  The flowers have a white, or pale pink, face and the petals are a creamy yellow on the back.  As its name implies, this dainty little annual comes into its own at night, when the flowers open, and the scent can be fully appreciated.  It is pollinated by several species of night-flying moths.  Believed to have been brought to Britain by Neolithic farmers, it is declining in the wild but can still be found in parts of the Norfolk countryside.

Plant requirements

Water generously before planting in a hole large enough to avoid disturbing the rootball.  Keep moist until well established.

Maintenance

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Properties

Height
30 cm
Color
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Soil type
Any
Sunlight
Full sun
PH
Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy