Silene stellata Starry Campion
Ohio Native Plant Natural Range
Cultivation Information Starry Campion
Family - Caryophyllaceae
Height - 1 to 3 ftFlower Color - Five white petals with frilly edgesBlooms - July - October
Soil - Normal to dry - with good drainageSun - Sun/Part Sun - We noticed, leaves appeared stronger and healthier in filtered shade
Hardy Zone - 5 to 8
Support - As Starry Campion matures it tends to topple over, staking or raising with other native plants requiring similar growing conditions will aid in support and protection. We have a patch growing on the border of a Pale-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus strumosus) garden.
Affinity for Oak trees - History indicates that Starry Campion grew in Oak Opening living harmoniously with a diverse group of native perennials. Michigan State's Extension Website does a fabulous job inventorying: trees, shrubs, grasses, ferns and native perennials that Starry Campion would consider suitable companions.
2021 Goals -Plant several Starry Campions near the drip line of our young oak tree.
Wildlife Significance Starry Campion
Nectar - For Butterflies and moths and possibly hummingbirds. Hummingbirds flutter about our nursery all summer long, however we have not observed them visiting Silene stellata. Of course that doesn't mean they didn't.
Deer - Starry Campion contains saponins, a chemical found in the non native plantSoapwort (Saponaria officinalis) which can be used to make soap. One would expect deer to avoid Starry Campion as both plants are in the Caryophyllaceae family. Illinois Wildflower site reports differently.
For detailed informationVisit the Illinois Wildflower website
Propagation Notes Silene stellata
Seeds placed in Cold Moist Storage Supplies Needed For Seed Stratification 1. Zip lock plastic bag2. Few table spoons of Vermiculite3. Dampened vermiculite - not soggy4. Store in refrigerator for 60 days Germination - Seeds need light, so make a point not to cover seed with soil