More about Silene Capensis (African Dream Root)
Silene capensis belongs to the Caryophyllaceae (Chickweed family). It has a white, erect, trichotomously panicled flower with obtuse lobes. In spring and autumn the flower opens in the evening to exude a scented perfume and it is cross-pollinated by moths. The stem and leaves of the plant are clothed with long spreading hairs. After good rainfall, it is found growing in grassy verges on well-watered slopes and particularly on riverbanks. Collected from the wild from the eastern Cape, South Africa.