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Pest Information

Cone Catchfly

Cone Catchfly

  • Latin Name: Silene Conoidea
  • Common Name: Cone Catchfly
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Cone Catchfly
Cone Catchfly

Origin:

Introduced from Eurasia as an ornamental plant, and now found occasionally along the West Coast in fields, roadsides, and other disturbed habitats.

Biology:

An annual maturing in the winter or early spring, with reproduction from seeds.

Identification:

Plants are tall and spindly, growing up to 2.5 feet tall on slender stems. Usually a single main stem arises from the base, with only a few stems branching from it. Leaves are long and narrow, opposite, and pointed and with the bases of opposing leaves joined at the stem. Leaves and stems may have a covering of sticky hairs on them. Flowers are showy, with 5 petals ranging from white to purple to the common pink form, and may be over a half inch wide. Below the petals there is a long, inflated, tubular calyx that may be up to ¾ inch wide and with noticeable venation running up its sides.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

This is only a modest roadside problem, and dies back in mid to late spring.

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