Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1383

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in woodlands, rock outcrops, crevices in cliffs, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & opposite (2-4 pairs of stem leaves)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Red
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Silene virginica var. virginica   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Silene virginica var. virginica   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 071-17-007:
Silene virginica   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Fire Pink


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image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm090404_220

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

Basal leaves oblanceolate or spatulate, stem leaves sessile and narrow, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm130422_671

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm150424_799

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cream-colored stamens protrude from flower's center, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm160422_082

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm180427_1509

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm200409_3622

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm200409_3623

April    Greenville County    SC

Leave bases ciliate, attenuate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm200409_3626

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm200411_3725

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

JK Marlow    jkm200411_3727

April    Greenville County    SC

Flower stalks and calyx are covered with dense, sticky, glandular hairs, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

Keith Bradley    kab_silene_virginica_1429

April    Polk County    NC

Somebody tell this plant that it's supposed to have 5 petals....

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

Tim Spira    tpssvirginica2

April        

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

Ben Geer Keys    bgk1383_a

June        

Flowers up to 2" across, w deeply notched petals [vs. S. regia, not notched], per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.

image of Silene virginica var. virginica, Fire Pink

Jerry Bright    jeb_mg_5451

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District