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Fire Pink (Silene virginica) Growing at the base of a shaded ridge at the edge of a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.<br />
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Fire Pinks (also known as Scarlet Catchflies), are colorful wildflowers within the Carnation family. The common name refers to the notched shape at the end of its petals. Interestingly, S. virginica also has a slightly pubescent and sticky stalk which may trap insects (thus the latter common name). <br />
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Silene virginica populations are, unfortunately, dropping. It is considered threatened in Michigan and near endangered in Florida and Wisconsin. <br />
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Fire Pinks (also known as Scarlet Catchflies), are colorful wildflowers within the Carnation family. The common name refers to the notched shape at the end of its petals. Interestingly, S. virginica also has a slightly pubescent and sticky stalk which may trap insects (thus the latter common name). <br />
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Silene virginica populations are, unfortunately, dropping. It is considered threatened in Michigan and near endangered in Florida and Wisconsin. <br />
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Fire Pink (Silene virginica)

Growing at the base of a shaded ridge at the edge of a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.

Fire Pinks (also known as Scarlet Catchflies), are colorful wildflowers within the Carnation family. The common name refers to the notched shape at the end of its petals. Interestingly, S. virginica also has a slightly pubescent and sticky stalk which may trap insects (thus the latter common name).

Silene virginica populations are, unfortunately, dropping. It is considered threatened in Michigan and near endangered in Florida and Wisconsin.

Fire Pink (Silene virginica) Growing at the base of a shaded ridge at the edge of a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.<br />
<br />
Fire Pinks (also known as Scarlet Catchflies), are colorful wildflowers within the Carnation family. The common name refers to the notched shape at the end of its petals. Interestingly, S. virginica also has a slightly pubescent and sticky stalk which may trap insects (thus the latter common name). <br />
<br />
Silene virginica populations are, unfortunately, dropping. It is considered threatened in Michigan and near endangered in Florida and Wisconsin. <br />
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    comments (3)

  1. I've been looking for this in areas of CT where it is known, but haven't found it. It's getting less common here, but I think there are efforts to reintroduce it. Posted 5 months ago
    1. They seem to really like dappled shade at the bases of hillsides around here! Posted 5 months ago, modified 5 months ago
      1. I love the word "dappled". Around here, it is supposed to grow in some oak-hickory forests and along streams. I read that the cause of its decline in CT is unknown, but thought to possibly be caused by invasive species and from the tree canopy overgrowth. Posted 5 months ago

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''Silene virginica'', the fire pink, is a wildflower in the pink family, Caryophyllaceae. It is known for its distinct brilliant red flowers. Each flower is approximately five centimeters in diameter and composed of five notched, brilliant red petals which extend into a long tube. It is a small , short-lived perennial , with lance shaped leaves. Its stems, and the bases of the flowers, are covered in short sticky hairs. Fire pink begins blooming in late spring and continuing throughout the summer... more

Similar species: Caryophyllales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded May 16, 2018. Captured Apr 21, 2018 11:37 in 169 Hopewell Church Rd, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/7.1
  • 1/400s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm