Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Royal Catchfly
Silene regia
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S1

Dry woods, barrens and prairies, and on KY roadsides.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early July to late July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The royal catchfly is one of three red-flowered members of the genus. There are typically 10-20 pairs of stem leaves, more than either S. virginica or S. rotundfolia.

Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species is necessary. Soil disturbance resulting from activities such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

Global Range:
Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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