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Fringed Campion (Silene polypetala)

Silene polypetala cultivated in conservation display garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Photo Credit: Loy Xingwen
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • State: FL, GA
  • Nature Serve ID: 131455
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Where is Fringed Campion (Silene polypetala) located in the wild?


occurs on farily steep slopes of deep ravines or north-facing hillsides, sonetimes on nearly level ground in hardwood forests found in mature hardwood or hardwood-pine forests on river bluffs, small stream terraces, moist slopes and well-shaded ridge crests



States & Provinces:

Fringed Campion can be found in Florida, Georgia

Which CPC Partners conserve Fringed Campion (Silene polypetala)?

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Conservation Actions

Tina Stanley
  • 05/11/2023
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Bok Tower Gardens holds 7 accessions of Silene polypetala totalling approximately 471 seeds.

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

A species with a very limited current range due to the conversion of its habitat to pine plantation and other means of habitat loss. Non-native invasive species are also a great threat to this species. These are located in Gadsden and Jackson counties, Florida. More occurrences are known from Georgia.

  • 01/01/2010

logging overutilization disease or predation, grazing by deer inadequacy of existing regulation exotic pest plants clearing of forest land for agriculture and conversion of hardwood forest to pine plantation

  • 01/01/2010

known from only 26 locations, 19 in Georgia and 7 in Florida recorded from six counties in Georgia


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Taxon Silene polypetala
Authority (Walt.) Fern. & Schub.
Family Caryophyllaceae
CPC Number 4003
ITIS 20106
Duration Perennial
Common Names Fringed Campion | eastern fringed catchfly
Associated Scientific Names Silene polypetala | Silene catesbaei | Silene baldwinii | Silene ovata | Silene fimbriata | Melandrium baldwinii | Cucubalus polypetalus
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S1
Georgia S2
Ecological Relationships


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