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Silene virginica

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Description

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.

 

Seasons of Interest: 

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

 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#hummingbirds#red#butterflies#sun#birds#pollinators#songbirds#partial shade#summer#spring#perennial#green#herbs#native plants#wildlife plant#wildflowers#low flammability#fire resistant
Cultivars:
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#native#hummingbirds#red#butterflies#sun#birds#pollinators#songbirds#partial shade#summer#spring#perennial#green#herbs#native plants#wildlife plant#wildflowers#low flammability#fire resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Silene
    Species:
    virginica
    Family:
    Caryophyllaeae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape. Fire Pink is moderately resistant to deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    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:
    Clay
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    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
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Widely spaced pairs of narrow leaves; lower leaves are 3 to 5 in. long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil