Cucubalus noctiflorus (L.) Mill.
Elisanthe noctiflora (L.) Rupr.
Lychnis noctiflora (L.) Schreb.
Melandrium noctiflorum (L.) Fr.
Saponaria noctiflora Fenzl ex Nyman
Silene dichotoma Gilib.
Common Name: Night-Flowering Catchfly
Silene noctiflora is an erect, annual plant growing from a slender taproot. The stem can be unbanched below the inflorescence, or with a few basal branches, the plant growing 15 - 75cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Western and southern Europe to western Temperate Asia (w. China), widely naturalized in much of the northern temperate zone.
Arable land, disturbed ground;, most commonly on sandy soils at elevations up to 3,000 metres[
Species in this genus generally grow well in a sunny position in a well-drained but moisture-retentive fertile soil[
The flowers open overnight and are pollinated by moths[
A poultice of leaves is applied to the bites of prairie dogs[
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 early summer.