Silene parryi (S. Watson) C.L. Hitchc. & Maguire
Parry's campion (Parry's catchfly; Parry's silene)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Virginia Skilton     (Photo ID #7302)


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Distribution of Silene parryi
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a simple to branched stem-base; stems erect, several, simple, hairy, more or less glandular above, 10-60 cm tall.
Leaves mostly basal, linear-lanceolate to spoon-shaped, 3-8 cm long, 4-10 mm wide, long-stalked; stem leaves opposite, usually 2-3 pairs, not greatly reduced though narrower than the basal leaves; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of usually 3-7 flowers in a rather short, narrow cluster, the lateral clusters usually reduced to a single flower; petals 5, white or greenish- or purplish-tinged, stalklike at the bases, the stalks about 11 mm long, the blades 3-5 mm long, 2-cleft nearly to midlength, with prominent lateral teeth on each blade lobe, sometimes the blade nearly equally 4-lobed; sepals 5, united, forming a glandular-hairy tube 10-20 mm long, with 10 prominent greenish or purplish nerves.
Capsules oblong, 1-celled; seeds brown, 1-1.5 mm long, somewhat wrinkled.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Silene parryi

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1980 252 2619
Slope Gradient (%)
37 0 100

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

174 10 355
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(35), BAFA(3), ESSF(139), IDF(2), IMA(8), MS(14), PP(1)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry meadows and open forests from the montane to alpine zones; common in SC and SE BC; E to AB and S to WY.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Silene douglasii var. macounii (S. Watson) B.L. Rob.
Silene macounii S. Watson
Silene scouleri var. macounii (S. Watson) B. Boivin
Silene tetonensis A. Nelson
Wahlbergella parryi (S. Watson) Rydb.