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Scarlet Catchfly (Silene subciliata)

Silene subciliata in flower.

Photo Credit: Suzzanne Chapman
  • Global Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • State: LA, TX
  • Nature Serve ID: 144229
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 02/21/2003

The Scarlet catchfly is an uncommon wildflower of the East Exas sandylands. It's vibrant orange-red star-shaped flowers are esily noticed on the slopes between upland savannas and forested ravines where it lives.

Where is Scarlet Catchfly (Silene subciliata) located in the wild?


Deep well-drained sandy soils in and along margins of fire-maintained dry, upland long-leaf pine savannahs. In fire-suppressed forests with dense, shading understory, it is often limited to sunnier roadsides or cleared utility easements.


Endemic to the Coastal Plain of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana; in Texas confined to the piney Woods.

States & Provinces:

Scarlet Catchfly can be found in Louisiana, Texas

Which CPC Partners conserve Scarlet Catchfly (Silene subciliata)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Silene subciliata is known only from eastern Texas and western Louisiana.

Dave Berkshire
  • 01/01/2010

successional species, fire is an important factor possibly lost on protected sites due to lack of management

Dave Berkshire
  • 01/01/2010

< 40 known populations

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Taxon Silene subciliata
Authority B.L. Robins.
Family Caryophyllaceae
CPC Number 8480
ITIS 20128
Duration Perennial
Common Names Louisiana Catchfly | scarlet catchfly
Associated Scientific Names Silene subciliata
Distribution Endemic to the Coastal Plain of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana; in Texas confined to the piney Woods.
State Rank
State State Rank
Louisiana S2
Texas S3
Ecological Relationships


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