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Wild-pink Silene caroliniana

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
sy-LEE-nee kair-oh-lin-ee-AY-uh
Description

Wild-pink is a native perennial flower found in acidic sandy soils of open, dry, gravelly woodlands and slopes.  This low growing wildflower may produce 50 to 100 flowers on a single plant.  It has been listed as endangered in the state of Florida.

It prefers well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade and will do well in rock gardens or the front of the border. Avoid wet heavy soils to prevent root rot. 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Pollinator Garden- Full Sun Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade Pollinator Garden- Full Sun
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Short and Sweet'
    Blooms in the summer
'Short and Sweet'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#pink flowers#native perennial#NC native#rock gardens#wildflower garden#food source summer#border front#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Short and Sweet'
    Blooms in the summer
'Short and Sweet'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#pink flowers#native perennial#NC native#rock gardens#wildflower garden#food source summer#border front#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Silene
    Species:
    caroliniana
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Distribution:
    AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MA, MD, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and other insect pollinators
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Oval capsule displays from May to August
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The 1 1/2" pink flowers bloom in perfusion from April to June. The flowers each have 5 petals, 10 stamens, and 3 styles.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Small oval to lanced-shaped leaves with entire margins are up to 1.25 inches long and 1/4 inch wide. Tapers at the base and short pointed at the tip. Few hairs present.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought