Silene chalcedonica (L.) E.H.L.Krause  
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Maltese cross, scarlet lychnis
[Lychnis chalcedonica L.]
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Janice Stiefel  
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: perennial forb
Flowers: sepals tubular, the lobes much shorter than tube
Silene chalcedonica image
Robert Bierman  
Silene chalcedonica image
Robert Bierman  
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