French Catchfly


Common name

French Catchfly

Scientific Name

Silene gallica

Type of plant


About this weed

French Catchfly was originally from Macronesia, north Africa, temperate and tropical Asia and Europe. It was probably introduced as seed when flowering plants were introduced from other countries.


It is an erect or ascending, rather viscid annual growing to 0.5m high. It produces white and pink flowers held usually on one side of the stem. Catchfly flowers from July to December and the petals are deeply notched. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by moths, butterflies and bees. The seed is dispersed by ants. The stems, leaves and calyces are covered in glandular hairs and may be sticky to touch.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.


Found in sandy soils in disturbed areas in the Eremaean Province and South-West Province. Also found in agricultural land between Perth and Albany.

Priority for removal


Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

July, August, September, October, November, December

Flower colour/s

Pink, White

Information source

Additional information

Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

French Catchfly images


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