One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A campion or similar plant of the pink family, with a sticky stem.
Silene, Lychnis, and other genera, family Caryophyllaceae
- ‘A large number of wild flowers have been planted, including sticky catchfly, dropwort and meadow crane's bill and the trees include prunis, oak, rowan and lime.’
- ‘A member of the carnation family, Spalding's catchfly is a long-lived perennial herb with small greenish-white flowers.’
- ‘On November 17, the Service proposed to list Spalding's catchfly as a threatened species.’
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