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!
Catchfly: Royal (Silene regia)
Imagine dipping perfect, five petaled flowers into neon red paint, then setting them on bright green stems for all to admire! These are really gorgeous!! It is called 'Royal Catchfly' because the stems and flowers are just sticky enough to trap small insects. You will love Royal Catchfly's exquisite blooms once their scarlet show begins in your backyard! A rare and beautiful wildflower that hummingbirds love!!