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Sleepy Catchfly - Silene antirrhina

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 4

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General Description
Puberulent annual. Stems erect, often branched above, 10–80 cm with glandular bands below the nodes. Leaves: basal oblanceolate, 1–3 cm long; cauline linear to narrowly oblanceolate, 1–8 cm long. Inflorescence an open, many-flowered cyme. Flowers: calyx 10-veined, ellipsoid, glabrous, 5–10 mm long; petals white to purplish, the blade 2–3 mm long, shallowly bilobed with 2 appendages; styles 3. Capsule as long and wide as the calyx, opening by 6 slits (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Throughout temperate North America, introduced to Europe (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 20

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Usually disturbed soil of grasslands, steppe, fields, roadsides; plains, valleys (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus pensylvanicus, and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Cope, M.G. 1992. Distribution, habitat selection and survival of transplanted Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in the Tobacco Valley, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 60 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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