This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Silene Pendula. Pendulous Catchfly.
Calyx ventricosus. Petala 5, unguiculata coronata ad faucem, Capsula 3-locularis.
SILENE pendula calycibus fructiferis pendulis inflatis: angulis decem scabris. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 421.
VISCAGO hirsuta sicula, lychnidis aquaticae facie, supina. Dill. Hort. Elth. 421. t. 312. f. 404.
Grows spontaneously in Sicily and Crete; is an annual of humble growth, and hence a suitable plant for the borders of the flower garden, or the decoration of Rock-work, as its blossoms are shewy, and not of very short duration.
It flowers in June and July, and if once permitted to scatter its seeds, will come up yearly without any trouble.