sleepy catchfly, sleepy silene
[Silene antirrhina f. apetala L., Silene antirrhina f. bicolor L., Silene antirrhina f. deaneana L., Silene antirrhina var. confinis L., Silene antirrhina var. depauperata L., Silene antirrhina var. divaricata L., Silene antirrhina var. laevigata L., Silene antirrhina var. subglaber L., Silene antirrhina var. vaccarifolia L.]
Etymology: Silene: probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.
Plants: erect, annual, 2"-32" tall forb, softly hairy below, mostly hairless above except for some sticky bands below the upper nodes
Leaves: long, narrow, finely hairy near the bottom, stalkless but not clasping
Flowers: pink to white, 5-parted, 1/4" wide, sepals forming an often inflated, rounded tube with glands and 10 veins; petals shorter than the sepals and 2-lobed; inflorescence an open, few-flowered cluster; blooms June-Sept.
Habitat: disturbed sites; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native