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Moss Campion
Scientific Name: Silene acaulis (L.) Jacq.
Synonym: Silene bryoides, Silene exscapa
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Moss Campion (Silene  acaulis)
Silene acaulis, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 63.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-11,14-16,18-21
USDA: 3 - 9

Sun Exposure: Sun to partial shade

Origin: Rocky Mountains in North America, in Alpine tundras, Arctic, Europe

Growth Habits: Herbaceous perennial, spreading tufts, 1 to 6 inches tall (2.5-15 cm), 12 inches spread (30 cm); small crowded, overlaping leaves, 0.12 to 0.28 inch long (3-7 mm)

Watering Needs: Keep soil moist, well drained

Propagation: Seeds in the fall, division in summer and fall, stem tip cuttings in late summer

The species epithet 'acaulis' means 'without a stem'.

Silene acaulis, Picture U.S.D.A Forest Service, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute

Blooming Habits:
Abundant, 5-petaled, purple pink flowers, 0.5 inch in diameter (1.2 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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