Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Fire Pink (Silene virginica)
    Pink Family
    Bright red flowers in a woodland setting are really something special. Fire Pink looks great planted in groups and will be more likely to draw the eye of hummingbirds. Plant with other woodland plants, like ferns and sedges, where the red can really shine, This shade loving wildflower also checks the hard to fill box of preferring drier, rocky soil over the typical moist woodland conditions. It can be short lived, but some reseeding is likely. Basal foliage is evergreen in our climate.
    Blooms: Red, 3-4 weeks, May-July
    Leaves: Spatula shaped, sticky, dark-medium green, occurring mostly towards the bottom of the plant, evergreen basal foliage with purple winter tones
    Height: 1-2’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Dry, rocky, sandy
    Exposure: Part sun-Part-shade
    Fauna: Hummingbirds, butterflies
    Seeds: Brown, pebbly seeds in a sticky, urn shaped capsule
    Deer Resistance: Low
    Zone: 4-9

    Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont & Mountains, uncommon in the Sandhills
    Provenance: TN ecotype, seed grown