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Alpine Catchfly

Silene suecica

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, rocks.

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Deeply notched pink petals. The petals are well spaced. Flowers appear clustered together at the top of the plant. The flowers are smaller (6 to 12mm in size) and pinker than those of the similar looking Sticky Catchfly (Silene viscaria).
Fruit:
The fruit is a 5-parted capsule.
Leaves:
Narrow, stalkless, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are in opposite pairs up the erect stem. Similar in appearance to Sticky Catchfly (Silene viscaria) but shorter and the leaves are not sticky.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
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