Silene coronaria (L.) Clairv.

in Clairville, J.P. de, Manuel d'Herborisation en Suisse et en Valais 145 (1811) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Short-lived perennial, densely white-tomentose. Stems erect, usually much-branched, 30–100 cm long. Leaves sessile; basal leaves oblong-obovate 3–15 cm long, 10–35 mm wide, apex acute; cauline leaves oblong to lanceolate. Inflorescence lax, few-flowered; bracts herbaceous. Flowers bisexual; pedicle 1.5–11 cm long; calyx cylindrical to obovoid, 12–15 mm long, deeply 10-veined, calyx lobes narrow-lanceolate; petal-limb red to purple, entire to emarginate, 12–17 mm long; styles 5. Capsule ovoid, c. 14 mm long, 5-toothed; carpophore c. 2 mm long; seeds ± reniform, grey-brown, tuberculate, 1–1.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

*CVU, *EGU, *Gold, *HNF, *MonT. Also naturalised (? SA), NSW, ACT. Native to Eurasia, often cultivated as an ornamental, occasionally colonising disturbed land near gardens, particularly in montane forest (e.g. Omeo, Bendoc, Kinglake).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-19
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-08-24
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Silene
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Silene coronaria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Silene coronaria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory