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Useful Temperate Plants

Silene scouleri

Hook.

Caryophyllaceae


Silene scouleri is a very complex species that appears to be in the process of diverging into at least three different entities - these are treated here as subspecies

+ Synonyms

Silene grandis Eastw.

Silene pacifica Eastw.

Lychnis elata S.Watson

Silene concolor Greene

Silene hallii S.Watson

Silene pringlei S.Watson

Common Name:

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General Information

Silene scouleri is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a stout taproot with a branched, woody caudex; it produces several erect stems 10 - 80cm tall[
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Title
Flora of N. America
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Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
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0
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Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

Western N. America - British Colombia to Alberta, south to California, Arizona and New Mexico

Habitat

Coastal bluffs, rocky and grassy slopes, dry prairie, woodlands, alpine meadows; at elevations up to 3,800 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally grow well in a sunny position in a well-drained but moisture-retentive fertile soil[
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Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A warm infusion of the pounded plant is used as an emetic to treat stomach pain[
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Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2020-10-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Silene+scouleri>

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