Blue Ridge Catchfly

Blue Ridge Catchfly Plant Information


Blue Ridge Catchfly grows in the following 11 states:

Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia

Silene ovata, the Blue Ridge catchfly or ovate-leaved catchfly, is a herbaceous plant in the plant family Caryophyllaceae. This perennial plant grows up to 1.5 m tall and has large opposite leaves without petioles which are 5-12cm long and taper to a long point, 2-5cm wide and numerous finely fringed white flowers with an tube.

Jones lists the blooming season as from June to September.
While unknown in Florida, it occurs in most of the southeastern United States from Georgia, eight widely scattered Alabama counties, to Mississippi and Arkansas (where it occurs only in eight counties in the Ozark region), north into southern Illinois and Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. The plants have a limited distribution range wide as indicated by their global G3 status.
A flora of Kentucky lists the species as occurring in "dry to mesic forests" while the flora of North Carolina lists the habitat as "rich woods."
2n = 48.
Silene ovata is listed as G3 on the NatureServe conservation status, meaning it is vulnerable and globally rare. Typically G3 species have 21 to 100 occurrences globally, or have 3,000 to 10,000 individuals globally.

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