Silene virginica
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Silene virginica

fire-pink catchfly

  family caryophyllaceae 
  genus silene 

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Genus  Silene Species  virginica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  fire-pink catchfly Family  CARYOPHYLLACEAE Specimen number  S11862 Data source  HtZn p169;HumGrdn p53
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Caespitose Overall height  1' - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial shade Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 04,29 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Silene virginica is a good hummingbird feeder. Fire-pink catchfly can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species does best in partial shade.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Silene virginica is an herbaceous perennial. Leaves: Fire-pink catchfly has leaves arranged in flat rosettes. Flowers: This plant has star shaped five petaled open flowers. brilliant red petals with rich supply of nectar attracting hummingbirds. Flowers begin in March and don't stop until June. The flowers are usually either red or scarlet.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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