*Silene gallica

Family Caryophyllaceae

Erect annual herb. Longevity less than 1 year.

Flowers: White or pink, August – November.

Fruit: Capsule 6 – 9 mm long, September – December.

Seed: Numerous kidney shaped.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe, reportedly naturalised near Sydney by 1804.
  • Weed of disturbed sites, roadsides.
  • Occasional in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Probably killed by fire.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Silene gallica plant

Silene gallica flower

Silene gallica fruit