Silene douglasii

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  • Scientific Name: Silene douglasii var. douglassii
  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • Common Names: Douglas's silene
  • Synonyms/Misapplications: Silene douglasii var. monantha, Silene monantha, Silene multicaulis
  • Codon: SILDOU
Photo Ben Legler 2004


Silene douglasii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Phylum: Spermatophyta
Subphylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Silene L.
Species: Silene douglasii Hook
Variety: Silene douglasii var.douglasii


Tufted perennial, basal leaves matted, long-petiolate, oblanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 2-5 cm. long and 2-7 mm. wide; cauline leaves 1-8 pairs, becoming smaller and sessile above.

Flowers: Flowers few, with linear bracts, often remote; calyx tubular, 5-lobed, 12-15 mm. long, becoming papery and enlarged in fruit; petals 5, creamy-white, greenish, pink or purplish; claw 8-12 mm long, the blade oblong, 4-6 mm. long, bi-lobed about ¼ the length; blade appendages 2, oblong, 1 mm. long; ovary stalk 3-4 mm. long; stamens 10; styles 3.

Fruits: Capsule 1-celled.


Bloom Period

Late May - July [1]


B.C. to California, in the Cacsades and Olympic Mountains, east to western Montana, Nevada and Utah.[2]


Sagebrush plains to mountain slopes [2]


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

Diné medicine, cold infusion used as lotion for coyote bites on man, sheep or horse. [3]


Easily propagated by cutting or seed [4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Native American Ethnobotany Database. Retrieved from