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Silene virginica var. virginica

Fire-pink, Fire Pink, Scarlet Catchfly

Scientific Name:

Silene virginica var. virginica

Genus:

Silene

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Fire-pink, Fire Pink, Scarlet Catchfly

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Woodlands, rock outcrops, crevices in cliffs, roadbanks. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Sandhills, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

likes poor acid, rocky soils

Blooms & Buds

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Buds and Bloom

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In Situ

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In Situ

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Cener
Flora of North Carolina


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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