Silene gallica L. French Catchfly
Sp.Pl. 1:417 (1753)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Thursday 11 May 2000

Erect or ascending, rather viscid annual, herb, 0.1-0.5(-0.8) m high. Fl. white-pink, Jul to Dec. Sandy soils. Disturbed areas.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Carnarvon, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Edel, Geraldton Hills, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Tallering, Wooramel.

IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast, WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Armadale, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Carnarvon, Dalwallinu, Goomalling, Gosnells, Harvey, Kalamunda, Melville, Narembeen, Nedlands, Northampton, Perenjori, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Shark Bay, South Perth, Stirling, Swan, Wanneroo, Waroona, Williams, Yalgoo.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

Alternative Names. Small-flower Catchfly.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Ants.

Notes. Flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by moths, butterflies and bees.

Additional information. Origin. Macronesia, north Africa, temperate and tropical Asia, Europe.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination         Y Y Y            
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering             Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Fruiting                 Y Y Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program (2009) Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: - Accessed October 2009.

Project information and acknowledgements