Silene virginica (Caryophyllaceae)
At the annual Cullowhee Conference in the mountains of NC, we all enjoy botanizing along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We round a bend and come upon a dry, sandy slope covered with Fire Pinks, Carolina Phlox, Indian Paintbrush and Black-Eyed Susans. This lovely meadow of wildflowers brings "oohs and aahs" from all who see it. Bright fire-engine-red flowers open on wiry 8-12" stems arising from dense rosettes. Deadheading helps prolong the longevity of this prolific bloomer, a hummingbird favorite. It's worth replanting every few years. Possible seeding-in may keep it in your garden. Native.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: mid-summer
Container size: Qt.