Starry Campion, Widow’s Frill, Catchfly
Synonyms of Silene stellata (6) (Updated on 4-24-21 from Plants of the World Online): Cucubalus stellatus L., Evactoma stellata (L.) Raf., Evactoma stellata var. scabrella Nieuwl., Silene scabrella (Nieuwl.) G.N.Jones, Silene stellata var. scabrella (Nieuwl.) E.J.Palmer & Steyerm., Viscago stellata (L.) Rchb.
Silene stellata (L.) W.T.Aiton is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Starry Campion. It was named and described as such by William Townsend Aiton in the second edition of Hortus Kewensis in 1811. It was first described as Cucubalus stellatus by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
You may notice Plants of the World Online lists the species as Silene stellata (L.) Coyte, indicating the species was named and described by William Beeston Coyte in Index Plantarum 1807. I checked it out and noticed this could be an error, so I sent an email to the editor… It may have been invalidly published… There are rules when naming a species and I don’t think they were followed.
The genus, Silene L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online lists a whopping 867 species in the Silene genus (as of 4-24-21 when I last updated this page. It is a member of the plant family Caryophyllaceae with a total of 98 genera. Those numbers could change periodically as updates are made.
The above distribution map for Silene stellata is from Plants of the World Online. The map on the USDA Plants Database is similar but also includes North Dakota. The map on Plants of the World Online is based on data from Flora of North America. Maybe in the next update all the maps will be the same. We are all a work in progress. 🙂
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER PLANT ID.
I found several good-sized colonies of Silene stellata while wildflower (and mushroom) hunting in the woods on a friend’s farm on May 5 in 2020. I didn’t find any morels, but I did identify quite a few new wildflowers I hadn’t seen before. Missouri Plants says the Starry Campion flowers from June through September but I was unable to go back to get photos at that time. The woods are very thick later in the summer so getting through them is very difficult (not to mention the mosquitos). Hopefully, I can go back in 2021.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at email@example.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
ARKANSAS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
GEORGIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
NORTH CAROLINA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
NOTE: The figures may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates at least once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂