Silene virginica

Common name: Fire Pink

Native plant

Fire Pink is a very attractive garden plant, producing abundant red and pink flowers in late spring to mid summer.  The plant has a mound-like growth form, and when in bloom, the flowers cover the entire mound.  The blooming display lasts about 1 and a half months and attracts a number of large butterflies and hummingbirds. It is short-lived but will reseed.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Moist Woods, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
10 Inches
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
1 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant

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