Silene lyallii S.Watson
Silene macrocalyx (B.L.Rob.) Howell
Silene monantha S.Watson
Silene multicaulis Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray
Silene oraria M.Peck
Silene douglasii is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a stout taproot with a branched, woody caudex; it produces several to many, usually unbranched, slender, ascending stems around 10 - 40cm tall, occasionally to 70cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Western N. America - British Columbia to Montana, south to California, Nevada and Utah
Sagebrush, grassy or wooded mountain slopes, alpine meadows, rocky ledges, talus; at elevations up to 3,200 metres[
Species in this genus generally grow well in a sunny position in a well-drained but moisture-retentive fertile soil[
An infusion of the roots is used as an emetic to treat stomach pain[
A cold infusion of the plant is used as a lotion for treating coyote bites[
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.