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Silene virginica

Common Name(s):
Fire pink, Indian pink
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers

Fire Pink is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 2 to 3 feet tall. Leaves are opposite with a smooth margin. The majority of leaves originate at the base of the stem. Scarlet flowers that are notched on the tip mature from mid spring through early summer.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest: 

    Bloom: Spring, Summer; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Summer

Wildlife Value: Fire Pink is moderately resistant to deer. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds.

Spring, summer
1-1.5 ft.
Widely spaced pairs of narrow leaves; lower leaves are 3 to 5 in. long
1 in. brilliant red flower with five spreading petals that are 2-pronged at the tip; greenish sepals tinged with red are united into a sticky tube with a 5-toothed rim
Well-drained, average soil; sun to partial shade
Moist, dry
Life Cycle:
sun, summer, partial shade, birds, green, hummingbirds, red, pollinators, songbirds, spring, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2729

Silene virginica Flowers
Jason Hollinger, CC BY-NC-2.0
Silene virginica Form
J RP, CC BY-NC-2.0
Silene virginica Silene virginica buds and bloom
Debbie Roos