sleepy catchfly, sleepy silene
[Silene antirrhina f. apetala L., more...]
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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 2 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key