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Silene virginica var. virginica

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
sy-LEE-nee vir-JIN-ih-kuh vir-JIN-ih-kuh
Description

Fire-pink is a native perennial flower typically found in woodlands, among the crevices in cliffs and along roadsides.  Its bright flowers are very easy to see when driving by along the road.  It does best when grown in sand or gravel soil.  It will grow in full sun, but does appreciate some afternoon shade in hotter climates.  Although it is considered to be a short-lived perennial, it will self seed.  Its deep tap-root make this a plant that you do not want to move.  Doing so may have negative effects on the plant.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious issues.

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#drought tolerant#native perennial#NC native#wildflower garden#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#wildflower#audubon#shallow soil tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#native perennial#NC native#wildflower garden#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#wildflower#audubon#shallow soil tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Silene
    Species:
    virginica
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 12 ft. 0 in. - 18 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    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
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from May to August
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Blooms from April to July with brilliant red 2" blooms.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Basal leaves are spatula shaped. The stem leaves can reach lengths of 12"
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds