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Short and Sweet Catchfly

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 6 - 8 Inches
  • Mature Spread 10 - 15 Inches
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8
  • Use As A Filler In Containers

Wildlife gardening has become popular in recent years, leading to a greater appreciation of North American native plants. Silene caroliniana, commonly called Catchfly, is a great native plant that provides nectar for early foraging pollinators and much-needed color for the spring garden. Short and Sweet Catchfly is an excellent substitute for the more common Dianthus or cottage Pinks. Catchfly blooms early to late spring just like Dianthus, but it tolerates a much wider variety of soil and light conditions.

Short and Sweet Catchfly is a compact, spreading plant that can be grown for a groundcover or as an addition to a mixed seasonal container planting. The delicate, green foliage stays fresh into fall and makes a lovely groundcover in a woodland garden or wildflower meadow. Deer rarely browse on Catchfly, and this fabulous native plant is low maintenance, disease resistant, and drought tolerant. 

Short and Sweet Catchfly Care

Catchfly will grow well in full sun, part shade, and full shade. Any soil texture is acceptable as long as it is well drained. Fertilizing is rarely required for native plants. Overly rich soil will result in thin, leggy growth that is more susceptible to pests and diseases. Keep Catchfly well watered for the first few years to encourage a deep root system that will be drought tolerant after the plant matures.

This dense and vigorous grower requires no deadheading or pinching back of stems. Clean up any spent top growth early in the spring as new growth emerges. Silene does not like to have its roots disturbed once established. Propagation by cuttings or seeds is more successful than root division. 

Short and Sweet Catchfly Spacing

Catchfly looks best when planted in large groups that grow together as a flowering groundcover. The mature height is 6-8 inches, while the spread can be up to 15 inches. Space plants about 12 inches apart center on center.

Short and Sweet Catchfly Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 6 - 8 Inches
Mature Spread: 10 - 15 Inches
Spacing: 10 - 15 Inches
Habit: Spreading, Trailing
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Pink
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Low
Resists: Disease, Pests & Insects
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Butterflies
Container Role: Filler
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Short and Sweet Catchfly
Other Name(s): Short And Sweet Catchfly
Scientific Name: Silene caroliniana 'Short and Sweet'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.