• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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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Did You Know?

Detail from Spanish Coat of Arms

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.