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Silene caroliniana var. wherryi 'Short and Sweet' (Wild pinks)

Silene caroliniana var. wherryi 'Short and Sweet'

Wild pinks or catchfly

Delightful, compact and easy to grow, Silene caroliniana is an excellent choice for bright shade or full sun. It is covered in deep pink flowers in late spring. Very reliable for us through wet and dry seasons, and in a cool spring it seems to bloom forever - one year we tracked 8 weeks of full bloom! A great native substitute for Dianthus, this Silene has similar appearance and bloom time, but tolerates a wider variety of garden situations. Silene 'Short and Sweet' is a fantastic plant for naturalizing, yet it can hold its own as a specimen in a container or patio garden as well.

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Height

6-8 Inches

Spread

10-15 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-7

Silene caroliniana var. wherryi 'Short and Sweet' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows in full sun, part shade or shade, though blooms are less numerous in shade. Soil should have average to good drainage and not be wet for extended periods. Though often found in limestone outcrops, S. caroliniana is not particular about pH.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry
Average
Average
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Moist Sun
Moist Shade
Dry Sun
Native to North America