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Silene virginica

Common Name(s):

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

Fire Pink is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 2 to 3 feet tall. Its 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.

Fire Risk: This plant has a low flammability rating.

Seasons of Interest: 

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

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
var. virginica
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#sun#partial shade#perennial#green#wildlife plant#herb garden#food source#low flammability#NC native#summer flowers#native garden#fire resistant#spring interest#pollinator plant#native wildflower#wildflower garden#food source summer#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
var. virginica
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#sun#partial shade#perennial#green#wildlife plant#herb garden#food source#low flammability#NC native#summer flowers#native garden#fire resistant#spring interest#pollinator plant#native wildflower#wildflower garden#food source summer#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
  • 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 Food Source
    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
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Shallow Rocky
    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
  • 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:
    Woody Plant 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
    Fire