Night-flowering Catchfly (silene noctiflora)

Night-flowering Catchfly is an annual wildflower.  It has a long, thin, bladder-like calyx from which many white petals emerge.  The flowers open at dusk, for three nights in a row before dropping.  Member of the Pink family.  It is also known as Sticky Cockle – the leaves and stems are sticky and hairy.  Grows to a height of around  20 ins (50 cm). Its flowers attract many moths, due to the strong fragrance they emit at night-time. The sticky hairs which cover the entire plant trap tiny insects like aphids, thereby providing a food source for insects such as ladybirds.

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