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?
The modern-day Officers' Club was part of the original Spanish Presidio. In the front section of the building, excavations have uncovered adobe walls dating from the 1790's.