Silene Armeria. Catchfly is native to Europe but now naturally grows in North America, so it is considered a wildflower. It is sometimes called “None-so-pretty”.
Catchfly can grow to 12-16” tall, has slender stems and develops rounded clusters of brilliant pink or magenta flowers that consist of five separated petals. It is perfect for a bed or as a border plant, so try planting plenty of them together. The name “Catchfly” refers to the plant’s tendency to ensnare insects, thanks to the sticky sap that the stem releases.
Place this herbaceous annual in full sun and well-drained soil for blooms from late spring through September.
Heirloom seeds are collected from the gardens and grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon and cleaned and packaged by hand.