Silene laciniata is a perennial herb in the family (Caryophyllaceae), commonly known as fringed Indian pink, cardinal catchfly, Mexican campion, Mexican-pink, and campion.

It is native to the southwestern United States from California to Texas, as well as northern Mexico.

Silene laciniata grows from a taproot and has one or many decumbent[citation needed] to erect stems which may exceed a meter (3 ft.)  in height. many stems.

The slender, branching stem is glandular and sticky.

The lance-shaped leaves are up to about 10 centimeters long by 2 wide, with smaller ones occurring on the upper parts of the plant.

The inflorescence may have one flower or many, each on a long pedicel. The flower has a tubular green or reddish calyx of fused sepals which is lined with ten prominent veins. The five bright red petals are each divided deeply into 4 to 6 long, pointed lobes, sometimes appearing fringed.

The pistil has three parts. There are ten stamens.

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