Charming and whimsical with its bi-colored flowers, ‘Celina’ is a cultivar of Nodding catchfly and very showy plant in summer. The parent species is an annual native to the Mediterranean, short in stature and slightly cascading or spreading.
The leaves of ‘Celina’ are mid-green, hairy and oval-shaped. It is a bushy plant and sends up short stems in late spring to late summer, bearing loose clusters of deep rosy-pink blossoms with a light pink center. The flowers often hang downward and reveals the striped and toothed calcyes, or modified leaves that hold the flower.
Sow seeds of 'Celina' directly in the location where you wish it to grow. It needs full to partial sun and well drained soil. Like most catchflies, ‘Celina’ sefl-sows, dropping its seeds around it where they will germinate the next spring.
Use this pretty annual as a bedding plant in masses or in containers and hanging baskets. Pretty in the rockery or mixed border, it will scatter naturally for a pleasing effect through the years. Although summer-flowering, in subtropical areas it is best sown in autumn or winter.
Information source: http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/silene-pendula-celina/
Genus - Silene
Species - Pendula
Variety - Celina
Common name - Nodding Catchfly
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 0,20 m
Spread - 0,25 m
Plant type - Annual
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Average garden soil, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
Bloom season - May - July
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Light Pink, Rose
Start the seeds indoors from January to March.
Sow on the surface of moist soil. Cover with glass or clear plastic.
Germination in 15 - 25 days at +18-+22C.
Keep moist and in bright place.
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