Not Saponaria lutea...

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Lori S.
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Not Saponaria lutea...

But what is it? Seems to me like some sort of Cephalaria perhaps? The flower stalks are about 20" tall; the basal rosette is ~1" tall. The flower stalks have one pair of lanceolate opposite leaves, and there is another pair immediately under the inflorescence. The inflorescence seems to be somewhat sticky (judging from the unfortunate flies that met their fate there). Any ideas? Thanks.

Boland
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I would say it is a member of the pink family, not a Cephalaria.  However, beyond that, I don't know.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Boland
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Looking more closely, I can see its is a Silene... based on the 'caught' flies!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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Ha, I think I have finally, accidentally, stumbled across an ID:  Saponaria bellidifolia

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/index1.php?scientific-name=sapon...

It is said to be a perennial, though mine came through one winter from seed, bloomed and was dead this spring.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Special plant, but I would say that's probably not the greatest loss you've had, Lori ;D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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No, unfortunately, I've lost many other things that I regretted a lot more.  ;D ;D

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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