Silene scouleri

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  • Scientific Name: Silene scouleri subsp. scouleri
  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • Common Names: Scouler's campion, Scouler's catchfly, wild pink, silene
  • Codon: SILSCO

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Viridiplantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Spermatophytina
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllanae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Silene L.
Species: Silene scouleri Hook.
Subspecies: S. scouleri ssp. scouleri Hook.



Erect perennial herb, several stemmed, up to 8 dm tall.

Leaves: Leaves opposite, numerous, the basal slender-petiolate, the blades oblanceolate, up to 15 cm. long and 3 cm. wide; cauline leaves 2-8 pairs, reduced gradually upward, becoming sessile above.

Flowers: Flowers numerous, the inflorescence narrow and elongate, consisting of a series of small, congested, lateral cymes; calyx broadly tubular, 5-lobed, 10-18 mm. long; corolla greenish-white to purplish, the claw of the petal 7-16 mm. long, the blade flaring, 4-8 mm. long, from bi-lobed to nearly equally 4-lobed, with 2 appendages at the base, 1-3 mm. long; ovary with a stalk 3-6 mm. long, puberulent to woolly; stamens 10; styles 3.

Fruits: Capsule 1-celled.[2]

Bloom Period

June - August [2]


S. scouleri subsp. scouleri grows in west Cascades, B.C. to California, transitional to S. scouleri subsp. scouleri in the east Cascades in Washington and Oregon.[3]


Prairies and open forest, low to moderate elevations [2]


First Nations

Nɨwɨ medicine, a warm infusion of pounded plant used as an emetic for stomach pain.[4]


Store seeds in refrigerator. Time to germination: 7 days. High percentage germination recorded. [5]

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  1. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  3. Hitchcock, C. L., Cronquist, A., Giblin, D., & Legler, B. et al. (2018). Flora of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated manual. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  4. Native American Ethnobotany Database. Retrieved from
  5. Butler, Jennifer; Frieswyk, Christin. 2001. Propagation protocol for production of Silene scouleri seeds; USDI NPS - Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado. In: Native Plant Network. URL: (accessed 14 May 2012). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.