Silene regia

Common name: Royal Catchfly

Native plant

Royal Catchfly is an upright prairie plant.  It produces large spikes of bright red flowers on top of a single flowering stalk.  The blooming period occurs mid to late summer and lasts about a month.  The flowers are a powerful attraction for large butterflies and hummingbirds.  Loss of habitat has made this plant rare in Illinois, and it is currently on the Illinois Endangered Species list.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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