March to June

Silene nocturna (Caryophyllaceae)

Night-flowering Catchfly

Erect annual to 30cm. Opposite leaves with flowers in an extended raceme. Lower leaves more spoon-shaped, upper linear, pointed and sometimes reflexed. Flowers pale mauve with deeply notched petals. Calyx 10-nerved, with purplish interconnections. Flowers generally only open in early evening.

Roadsides and waste ground.


Corallia Bay. 18.3.2004. 6.30 am.