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Clifford Moor Variegated Catchfly

Silene dioica 'Clifford Moor'

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Clifford Moor Variegated Catchfly (Silene dioica 'Clifford Moor') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Silene dioica 'Clifford Moor' flowers

Silene dioica 'Clifford Moor' flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Morning Campion

Description:

A lovely and interesting catchfly presenting unique variegated foliage that adds tremendous ornamental value; preferrs bright shade and is great as an under canopy ground cover; will also tolerate dry periods and full sun; naturalizes easily

Ornamental Features

Clifford Moor Variegated Catchfly features dainty purple star-shaped flowers with white centers at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. Its attractive oval leaves remain light green in color with showy forest green variegation throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Clifford Moor Variegated Catchfly is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Clifford Moor Variegated Catchfly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Clifford Moor Variegated Catchfly will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Clifford Moor Variegated Catchfly is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features