This genus comprises over two hundred species, only a few of which are adapted to conditions in California. Among the best may be named Silene pendula and Silene compacta; both of these give fine effects in early Spring and thrive in any light sandy soil.

Propagate by sowing the seeds, where they are to bloom, in September or October. The seeds should be covered to the depth of one-sixteenth of an inch. Thin the seedlings, when two inches high, to six or eight inches apart.