The sticky catchfly used to be cultivated more until it has been forgotten in favour of showier, big-flowered plants (called Lychnis for a while but recently it was brought back to Silene). With its clumpy habit, lanceolate foliage and multitude of rosy-pink flowers that open over a long period of time, it is though a valuable plant for the sunny border or in the rockery.
Attracts and feeds a multitude of pollinators, especially the butterflies are in love with it, and it is said to increase the disease resistance of the plants growing in its vicinity. Actually, European studies have shown that Silene extract contains brassinosteroids, which have been proven to have a positive effect on plant growth.
Germination: easy, sown in the fall or spring, superficial – the seeds are very small. Not too long lived usually but new plants can be allowed to grow from the self-sown seedlings.