Member of the Caryophyllaceae (pink family) with common relatives including carnation, sweet William, Gypsophila, chickweed and soapwort.
Depending on species, native over a wide area in North America from the arctic to tropical areas. Also native to Tropical African mountains.
Stems often woody at base. Flowers generally solitary.
No specific storage data has been located to date.
Silene is a classical plant name of obscure origin, sometimes said to have been used by medieval botanists.
Some species of Silene are dioecious, meaning they have female and male flowers on separate plants. For example, with S. latifolia, the male flowers last only about 1 day whereas the female flowers last about 7.