Cascade Head Catchfly

Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Agriculture


  • Species Common Name Cascade Head Catchfly
  • Species Scientific Name Silene douglasii var. oraria
  • Federal Listing Status Species of Concern
  • State Listing Status Threatened


Special needs

Cascade Head catchfly inhabits grassy meadows and rocky bluffs or outcrops adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.

Limiting factors

This species has a very restricted distribution and consists of only a few small populations. Habitat loss and fragmentation due to development have impacted Cascade Head catchfly. Competition with invasive plants, recreational activities, and herbivory can also be harmful to this species.

Conservation actions

Manage recreation at known sites to prevent trampling. Maintain open habitat by removing encroaching shrubs.

Key reference or plan

Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Conservation