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Re: Plant Catalogs...

Re: Bonnie & Ceres: > << Park Seed has sent an e-flier featuring "Catchfly
(Viscaria oculata)"...Catchfly as I know it is Silene or Lychnis.  Is this a
> reclassification?

I'm pretty sure it is now called Silene coeli-rosa.

I did some searching on this. Many plants of the Viscaria genus were
reclassified as Lychnis.  The only one I know that stayed is Viscaria
DROPS, though from that first common name, it is probably a Lychnis now,
too, especially since RHS considers Viscaria viscosa an "unchecked name".

Since I find no mention of Viscaria occulata, I tried Lychnis oculata.  This
has been reclassified as Silene coeli-rosa.  Just to be sure I checked for a
Silene viscosa and Silene oculata; no such names.  However, there is Lychnis
viscaria, common name Sticky Catchfly.

So it would seem from searching reliable Botanical Name references, that the
name may have been arrived at by a series of changes in genus and species.
This is not to say that other catalogues don't uphold the name, though, cuz
here's a few examples:

Viscaria oculata, common name: Rose Angel

I vote for which is illustrated at eseeds.com:

Silene coeli-rosa (Viscaria oculata) 'Brilliant Mix'
Silene coeli-rosa (Viscaria oculata) 'Patio Mixed'
Silene coeli-rosa (Viscaria oculata) 'Ruby Tuesday'


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2004 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Rose Bowl Parade AND Plant Catalogs...

> In a message dated 1/3/04 4:41:39 PM, wmorgan972@ameritech.net writes:
> << Park Seed has sent an e-flier featuring "Catchfly (Viscaria oculata)"
> "Balloon Flower AstraBalloon Flower Astra" that seemed pretty interesting.
> Has anyone grown these from seed or seedlings? >>
> Bonnie, Catchfly as I know it is Silene or Lychnis.  Is this a
> reclassification?  BTW, I have grown both Silene & Lychnis from seed and
both are great
> reseeders.  I find it interesting that this is listed in the index as
catchfly not
> Viscaria.  Platycodon is another plant that has become almost invasive in
> garden as it reseeds and the root system goes deep.  One of my favorites
> the very short, large blooming, 'Sentimental Blue' which I have started
> seed.  I have 'Komachi' in my garden (just below Astra) and it is my
> tall Platycodon but was purchased as a plant.
>     Ceres
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