any of various plants (genus Silene) of the pink family, with sticky stems that can trap insects
Any of several plants of the genera Silene and Lychnis, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having white, pink, red, or purplish flowers and sticky stems and calyces on which small insects may become stuck.
- This beautiful "Catchfly" is not often seen even among the choicer alpines, while colonies of it in the rock garden are, rare.
- Alpine Catchfly (Silene Alpestris) - A very dwarf alpine plant, hardy, and beautiful when covered with white flowers in May.
- Catchfly (Silene) - A large family containing few showy plants, but with some of great beauty.