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Useful Temperate Plants

Silene gallica

L.

Caryophyllaceae

+ Synonyms

Corone gallica Fourr.

Corone quinquevulnera Hoffmanns. ex Steud.

Cucubalus sylvestris Lam.

Cucubalus variegatus Lam.

Lychnis cerastoides (L.) Scop.

Lychnis vulnerata Scop.

Oncerum gallicum Dulac

Silene anglica L.

Silene cerastoides L.

Silene chilensis Cham. & Schltdl. ex Rohrb.

Silene giraldii Guss.

Silene linophila Rothm.

Silene quinquevulnera L.

Silene transtagana Cout.

Common Name:

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General Information

Silene gallica is an erect to ascending, annual plant growing from a slender taproot. The stems can be branched or unbranched, around 15 - 45cm tall[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental (especially the var quinquevulnera)[
200
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.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.

Range

Central and southern Europe - Britain to Ukraine and southwards; N. Africa - Macaronesia to Egypt; W. Asia - Turkey to Afghanistan

Habitat

Sandy or gravelly fields and waste places[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.40 m
PollinatorsLepidoptera, bees
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally grow well in a sunny position in a well-drained but moisture-retentive fertile soil[
200
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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is said to be emollient and is used in baths or as a fumigant[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
].

The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of ophthalmia[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - can be started off in spring in trays in a greenhouse and then planted out in late spring or early summer. Can also be sown in situ in spring.
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