It is native to western North America, particularly California and Baja California, as well as Nevada and Utah. It grows in a number of habitat types, from coastline to high alpine mountain slopes, and including chaparral, woodlands, and meadows.
Silene verecunda is an extremely variable plant. In general, it is a perennial herb growing 10 centimeters to over half a meter tall, usually with several erect stems. It is hairy, and usually glandular and sticky in texture. The lance-shaped leaves are variable in size, the largest ones usually growing at the caudex.
Each flower is encapsulated in a tubular calyx of fused sepals which is lined with ten veins. The petals are white or pink and have two lobes in their tips and two appendages at their bases.
- Jepson Manual Treatment of Silene verecunda
- CalFlora Database: Silene verecunda (Dolores Campion, San Francisco campion)
- USDA Plants Profile for Silene verecunda
- Flora of North America
- UC Photos gallery: Silene verecunda
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