During the walk where I found all the flowers featured in my recent blog posts, I also found one plant with beautiful red flowers. I’ve never seen one before and there was only this one (and maybe one other in another spot), so I was curious whether it was rare.

Not only is it rare, it’s royal. The US Wildflower site says:

Silene regia – Royal Catchfly. Royal Catchfly – Silene regia is a plant of rocky prairies, glades, and open woods with attractive scarlet red flowers. It appears similar to Fire Pink – Silene virginica – but Silene regia has a much smaller distribution – 12 states, and in 6 of those states it is protected due to its rarity, having Rare, Endangered, or Threatened status. It is possible that it has no longer survived in Knox County, the only county in Tennessee where it was found.

There’s no mention as to whether it really catches flies, but it certainly caught my eye.

© janet m. webb

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful flower Janet; and wonderful to find something so rare in your neighbourhood. Wishing you a happy weekend.

  2. StillWalks says:

    Wow, what a beauty!

  3. ksbeth says:

    stunning contrast

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Wow, it’s a beauty isn’t it Janet? Seems very delicate – perhaps that’s why it’s rare!

  5. gwennym says:

    absolutely gorgeous

  6. JANE says:

    Very pretty, Janet. I hope it is growing in a safe place and will thrive. Quite a find!

  7. Aditi says:

    Those red flowers look beautiful.

  8. A beautiful flower!!

  9. Kip Walkin says:

    I will say Hot Pepper Red.😄😄 Sure draws attention to itself though. Really beautiful.🌷