Perennial from a stout taproot and branched stem-base; tufted, often matted; stems decumbent to ascending, several, branched, finely and densely hairy, 10-70 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves mostly matted at the base of the stems, oblanceolate to lanceolate, 2-5 cm long, hairy, stalked, 2-10 mm wide; stem leaves opposite, 1-8 pairs, oblanceolate, 2-8 cm long, becoming smaller and unstalked above, hairy; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary or more usually 3 flowers; petals 5, creamy white to yellowish or greenish, often tinged with pink or purple, bilobed, 12-16 mm long, stalklike at the bases, the stalks 8-12 mm long; sepals 5, creamy white or pink, greenish or purplish, united, forming a tube 10-15 mm long, inflated and papery in fruit, 10-nerved.
Capsules 1-celled, 8-12 mm long; seeds 1.1-1.5 mm long, reddish-brown, roughened.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(1), ESSF(2), IDF(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Silene douglasii var. monantha (S. Watson) B.L. Rob.
Silene douglasii var. villosa C.L. Hitchc. & Maguire
Silene lyallii S. Watson