Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for White Campion - Silene latifolia   Poiret
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DistributionMostly in the Mountains and Piedmont; rare in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. essentially throughout Canada and AK, south to GA, AR, NM, CA.
AbundanceFrequent in the Mountains, but uncommon in the Piedmont, and rare to uncommon in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, meadows, barnyards, orchards, yard weed, garden weed, disturbed ground, vacant lots.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationWith its large white (rarely pink) flowers, White Campion is showy. The stems are erect to ascending, branched, finely hairy, glandular short-hairy in the upper portions, reaching 2-3 feet tall. From all of our other Silene species, it differs in having 5 styles (vs. 3 styles in the others).
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly included in the genus Lychnis, named as L. alba in RAB (1968).

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B.A. SorrieVacant lot, Natick, MA, 1972. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
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