Silene stellata

Common name: Starry Campion

Native plant

Fringed and spectacular, this species is quite a bright spot in high canopy savannas and woodlands throughout Illinois. Soils and sun are a funny thing for this species.  The better the soil and the more sun it gets, the more leggy and floppy it seems. It prefers rocky or clay loams with half day shade. It is often visited by pollinators, and hosts a small array of fliers. Great for flower gardens and shadier spots that need the fringed happiness of it flowers.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
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

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Floodplain, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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