Catchfly: Nodding (Silene pendula)
Because of its sticky stem that can entrap tiny insects, this family of plants earned the common name Catchfly. Since many plants in this species produce a saliva-like substance, the genus name "Silene" is derived from Silenus, a mythical Greek character known for being covered with foam. The species name "pendula" comes from the Latin word for "hanging down," referring to the drooping habit of the flowers. This variety originates in Europe and is rarely seen in the United States!
Also Known As: Drooping Catchfly
Grown as: Annual/Biennial
Ease of Growing: Easy
Maturity (Blooms): Summer
Light: Full Sun To Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium. Should retain moisture.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. flowers that attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
Containers?: Yes. makes an excellent choice for hanging baskets or containers because of its cascading growth habit.
Sow Depth: 1/8"
USDA Zone: 3-9
Produces: Nodding clusters of light pink blooms.