Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Fire Pink

Silene virginica
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland, Cliff
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Red
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 4
Hardy To Zone: 7
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

10 to
20
inches

Spread:

12 to
inches
Size
Height: 10 to
20
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Size
Height: 10 to
20
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in the perennial border, hummingbird garden, naturalized area, wildflower meadow or shady border.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun or light shade in well-drained, rocky soil. Will grow in crevices on rocks. Plants may be short-lived but often self-sow. Because stems are brittle and leaves sticky, transplant and divide in March before stems sprout up.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Deep red flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds in April and May. It is native to rocky, open woodlands.

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