San Francisco Campion
(Silene verecunda ssp. verecunda)
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.
Did You Know?
While stationed at the Presidio, the U.S. Army adopted the Coat of Arms of Royal Spain for heraldry purposes. The seal appeared on vehicles, signs, and badges throughout the post.