Common name: Rose Campion, Dusty Miller, Crown Pink, Mullein Pink
Silene coronaria (L.) Clairv. APNI*
Synonyms: Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to c. 1 m high, densely white-tomentose.
Leaves ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 3–15 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, apex acute, base tapering in lower leaves, margins entire, tomentose.
Inflorescence few-flowered; pedicels 1.5–11 cm long. Calyx cylindrical, c. 15 mm long, tomentose, strongly ribbed. Petals c. twice as long as calyx, red to purple, entire.
Capsule about as long as the calyx, ovoid; gynophore 2–3 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Often cultivated as an ornamental and locally naturalized on disturbed ground; also in Vic, SA. Native of temp. Eurasia.
NSW subdivisions: *NT, *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Text by A. Doust (1990, as Lychnis coronaria); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2014)
Taxon concept: D. Mabberley (1999)
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