- Seed Count: 100 Seeds
- Maturity: 50-60 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Plant Type: Annual
- Origin: Europe
- Unique Feature: Sticky stems that trap small insects
- Primary Use: Ornamental
- Flower Color: Vibrant pink
- Growing Conditions: Prefers full sun to partial shade
History: Catchfly, scientifically known as Silene armeria, boasts a rich history as an ornamental plant, originating from Europe. Its intriguing name, "Catchfly," derives from the plant's unique characteristic of having sticky stems that can trap small insects. While this feature might suggest a carnivorous nature, Catchfly is not a carnivorous plant but rather uses its sticky stems as a protective mechanism.
Uses: Catchfly is predominantly grown for its ornamental value. The plant's vibrant pink blooms make it an attractive addition to garden borders, rock gardens, and various landscape designs. Additionally, Catchfly is known to attract beneficial insects, making it an excellent companion plant in gardens. Its ability to draw pollinators contributes positively to the health and vibrancy of the surrounding flora.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: As an annual plant, Catchfly thrives in conditions of full sun to partial shade. To cultivate Catchfly, sow the seeds directly outdoors after the last frost date. Scatter the seeds on the soil surface and gently press them down without covering them deeply, as they require light for germination. Catchfly prefers well-drained soil and, once established, shows a good tolerance for drought conditions. Regular watering and minimal maintenance will ensure a healthy growth cycle, culminating in the display of its signature pink blooms within 50-60 days after planting.