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Silene drummondii Hook.
Drummond's Campion
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Silene drummondii var. drummondii

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot and simple or branched crown; stems erect, solitary or several, simple or branched, strongly hairy, the hairs downswept, becoming glandular above, often with purple cross walls above, 20-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves in a rosette, the blades lanceolate or elliptic to oblanceolate, hairy, 2-10 cm long, 3-15 mm wide, narrowed to slender stalks; stem leaves opposite, usually linear, hairy, remote, 2-4 pairs, much reduced; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of perfect, solitary to several flowers inconspicuously bracted in a loose narrow cluster; petals 5, white or pinkish, often included in the calyces, or the blades exserted, stalklike at the bases, the stalks narrow and gradually flared above and usually broader than the blades, the blades 1-3 mm long, oblong, notched to shallowly 2- or sometimes 4-lobed, with 2 appendages; sepals 5, united, forming a tube 10-15 mm long, glandular, enlarged (but not inflated) in fruit, 10-nerved.
Capsules narrowly oblong, 4- or (usually) 5-valved; seeds dark brown, about 0.4-0.7 mm long, prominently wrinkled and pimply concentrically.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry shrublands, meadows and forest openings in the steppe to alpine zones; rare at scattered locations throughout BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to S MB and S to NE, CO, AZ and NV.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Silene drummondii

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) 520 994 2380
Slope Gradient (%) 0 12 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
13 194 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 5
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: BAFA(3), BG(21), ICH(1), IDF(43), IMA(1), MS(1), PP(2), SBPS(1), SBS(2)


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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