Silene italica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeSileneSilene italica


A mostly erect perennial, similar to S. nutans, which is naturalised on chalky roadside banks and chalk quarries between Dartford and Greenhithe (W. Kent). It is found as a casual garden escape elsewhere. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of C. & S. Europe, the Mediterranean area and S.W. Asia.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (63d)
Jalas & Suominen (1986)