Fire Pink
Silene virginica
Caryophyllaceae (Pink) Family

     

Plant is an upright to sprawling; hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is woods, rocky bluffs and ledges. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are opposite on the stem and primarily basal; consisting of one whole part. Bottom leaves are spatula-like to oblong; no teeth and no lobes. Stem leaves more or less clasp the stem; lance-like; no teeth and no lobes.

The flowers are open and panicle-like; bisexual; symmetrical in shape and rest on short flower stalks; viscose to the touch; five sepals; five petals that are deeply notched. The color is bright red. Flowers occur in late spring and early summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

These plants are easily transplanted to the domestic garden; easily cultivated.

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