Royal catchfly (Silene regia) is another native perennial that has done well in spite of our prolonged hot, dry weather. It’s been blooming for over a month and continues to provide a much-appreciated bright spot in the backyard. It’s especially striking when backlit by the morning sun.
It grows well in full sun or part shade. We can see and enjoy this 4-5 ft. slender plant from a distance, but I think it’s even more striking when seen up close.
We’ve seen pipevine swallowtail butterflies (Battus philenor) at the blossoms, and a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilocus colubris) is now making regular visits.
For all these reasons, Royal Catchfly is on my list of 25 favorite native plants. If you don’t have it in your garden, I hope you’ll consider trying it.