Night-flowering Catchfly

23rd Mar 2024

Night-flowering Catchfly

The latest addition to our plant range is called Night-flowering Catchfly, or Clammy Cockle. It's an interesting and unusal native wildflower which grows on rough land in the wild but is rarely seen. 

During the evening, the flowers of the night-flowering catchfly open and release a strong fragrance which attracts night-flying moths which feed on the copious nectar and pollinate the plant. The flowers remain open all night. 

The plant is covered with mild sticky hairs which catch very small insects which are a tasty treat for larger insects which do not become stuck. 

It makes an easy and excellent garden plant which offers a great deal to the local wildlife.