San Francisco Campion

(Silene verecunda ssp. verecunda)
San Francisco Campion

San Francisco Campion mostly occurs in sunny patches between shrubs and
has been re-established at Crissy marsh.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Silene is Greek for "saliva" referring to the gummy exudation on the stems.

Presidio Locations: Forms colonies on open sandy soil. Only two populations are found on the Presidio.

Range In State: California coast.

Description:This rare, native perennial species has bell-shaped flowers with ten veined, pink to rose petals, and long, tapering, hairy leaves. The San Francisco Campion is a federal candidate for being listed as an endangered species. Blooms March to June.

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