STARRY CAMPION
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Silene stellata   (L. ) W.T. Aiton
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 2-4 feet
Family: Caryophyllaceae - Pink Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August
Stems: Erect, several, simple to inflorescence, often purplish, sparsely to densely rough-hairy.
Leaves: Mostly in whorls of 4 but occasionally opposite, simple, sessile, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 1.5 to 4.5 inches long, .5 to 1.75 inch wide, minutely hairy; margins entire; tips tapered to points.
Inflorescences: Panicles, loose, several to many flowers, terminal.
Flowers: Showy, about 3/4 to 1 inch wide, short-stalked; calyces bell- or funnel-shaped, 5-toothed, 10-nerved, finely hairy, teeth broadly triangular; petals 5, 1/3 to 2/3 inch long, white; tips deeply fringed into 8-12 lobes; stamens 10, threadlike, protruding past petals.
Fruits: Capsules, nearly spherical, 6-toothed, firm; seeds many, purplish brown.
Habitat: Woods and thickets, in sandy or clay soils.
Distribution: East 1/3 of Kansas.
Comments: "Starry" is in reference to the appearance of the flowers.

Starry campion flower
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Starry campion flowers
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Starry campion leaves
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Starry campion calyx
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