Silene regia

Common name: Royal Catchfly

Native plant

With its abundant bright red flowers, Royal Catchfly is a show stopper both in the garden and on the prairie.  The bloom 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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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)


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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


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

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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