E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Silene menziesii Hook.
Menzies' campion (Menzies' catchfly; Menzies' silene)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a long, slender, branched rhizome; stems decumbent to ascending, several, branched, hairy and usually glandular above, 5-70 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves usually deciduous by flowering time; stem leaves opposite, lanceolate to narrowly egg-shaped, usually long-pointed, 2-10 cm long, 3-30 mm wide, glandular-hairy, unstalked or nearly so; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of several flowers in a leafy, open cluster or, less commonly, solitary; petals 5, white, stalklike at the bases, the blades 2-3 mm long, lobed halfway or more, the stalks about 5 mm long; sepals 5, purplish or greenish, united, forming a glandular-hairy tube 5-8 mm long, 10-nerved; styles 3 or sometimes 4.
Capsules oblong, 5-8 mm long, 1-celled; seeds 0.7-0.9 mm long, black, shiny, smooth or lightly net-veined.
Two varieties occur in BC:

1. Stems densely hairy, without glandular hairs...................... var. menziesii

1. Stems densely long soft-hairy with spreading glandular hairs.......................... var. viscosa (Greene) C.L. Hitchc. & Maguire

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic meadows and open forests in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in S BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to MB and S to NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Silene menziesii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 452 1093 2012
Slope Gradient (%) 0 28 88
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 173 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(2), ESSF(27), ICH(10), IDF(99), MS(47), PP(24), SBS(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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