Silene - Japanese Silene

Common Names: Silene, Japanese Silene, Catchfly, Campion

Botanical names: Silene armeria

Availability: Spring and summer

Vase life: 5 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 34 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small dainty flowers with five slender petals, often adorned with subtile, intricate patterns or markings arranged symmetrically around a tubular or bell-shaped structure. The foliage consists of narrow, lance-shaped leaves that grow in opposite pairs along the stems.

Color: Pink, White

Botanical facts: Member of the Caryophyllaceae (pink family) with common relatives including carnation, sweet William, Gypsophila, chickweed and soapwort.

Design notes: The slender stems and clusters of small blooms provide a delicate and airy texture to floral arrangements. These blooms can add movement and lightness to designs, creating a soft and romantic aesthetic. Japanese Silene works well as a filler flower in mixed bouquets and arrangements, adding volume and depth to the design. Its small blooms can fill in gaps between larger flowers and foliage, creating a lush and textured look.

Purchasing hints: Purchase flowers with open blossoms and turgid undamaged foliage.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: One notable feature of many Silene species is their ability to produce a sticky substance on their stems and leaves, which acts as a natural insect trap, particularly for small flying insects like gnats and mosquitoes. This sticky secretion gives rise to the common name "catchflies."

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