Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Silene virginica


Full Sun
Partial Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies

Silene virginica (Caryophyllaceae)
(sigh-LEAN-ee vir-GIN-e-ka)
Fire Pink

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
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 4-6"
Zones: 4-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $14
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