Royal Catchfly
Silene regia

Royal Catchfly is rare to find in the wild due to loss of prairie habitat and is endangered in many states. The vivid red flowers attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds and Black Swallowtail butterflies. Royal Catchfly blooms June-August and makes an excellent landscaping plant, it grows best in very well-drained soil, but can grow in sandy soil and gravel. When mature it will reach up to 4′ in height.

USDA Zone 4-9
Plant Spacing 1-2'
Sun Exposure Full Sun / Part Shade
Soil Moisture Mesic (Medium) / Dry-Mesic Dry
Height 4 feet
Bloom Time June – Aug


Royal Catchfly attracts ruby throated hummingbirds and butterflies, including the black swallowtail butterfly with it’s 2″ wide brilliant red flowers that stand out in any garden. The rather deep tubular portion of the flower favors pollinators with long tongues. Royal Catchfly requires pollination from hummingbirds in order to produce fruit and set seeds. You will not find a better plant to attract hummingbirds to you garden!


Royal Catchfly is fairly easy to grow from seed and once the plant is established it has a central taproot with short rhizomes allowing it to form small colonies that can be divided. This is a very drought tolerant plant. The common name Royal Catchfly comes from the sticky glands below the flowers that catch small insects. It produces a multitude of up to 2″ wide 5 petaled crimson-red flowers. This multi-stemmed plant has downy, lance-shaped leaves with sticky hairs.


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Royal Catchfly

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Beautiful scarlet red blooms attract hummingbirds. This is a great native wildflower for rockgardens.

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