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PlantFiles: Fire Pink, Scarlet Catchfly
Silene virginica

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Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Silene (sy-LEE-nee) (Info)
Species: virginica (vir-JIN-ih-kuh) (Info)

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Red

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive plant_it On Jun 17, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Fire Pink produces spectacular red flowers. It prefers partial sun, slightly mesic to dry conditions, and a rather poor soil containing too much sand, clay, or rocky material. Fire Pink can be short-lived as a perennial, but it occasionally reseeds itself.

Silene regia (Royal Catchfly), has a somewhat similar appearance with striking red flowers, but it has 8 or more pairs of leaves along its stems and the tips of its petals are not notched.

Positive womble On Apr 1, 2004, womble wrote:

Native to my property here in Central Alabama, on a mountain at elev 1400. This flower grows in rocky, acid, thin soils in the woods and in semi shade. It transplants easily. It likes the same conditions as Ebony Spleenwort.

Positive Toxicodendron On Jul 12, 2003, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Native to my property here in SE Missouri. This flower grows in rocky, acid, thin soils in the woods. It transplants easily, and also comes up from seed casually thrown around when I cut the plants back after blooming. Likes the same conditions as Ebony Spleenwort (fern) so I grow them together. They are more compact and have deeper color during warmer springs. This year we had a long cool spring and they were lanky and more pink instead of shocking true red.

Positive vroomp On Jun 14, 2003, vroomp from Marietta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I transplanted this plant from Jasper Georgia where I found it growing on top of a mountain at 3000' elv. It seems to like where I have it in Marietta where it has grown to a nice sized clump and returns each year with more blooms. This plant like most wild flowers requires little or no special care and average water needs.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Cullman, Alabama
Tuscumbia, Alabama
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Lead Hill, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Susanville, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Ellijay, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Valparaiso, Indiana
Warren, Indiana
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Bardstown, Kentucky
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Cross Timbers, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Arlington, Virginia
Middleton, Wisconsin



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