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Fire Pink
Silene virginica

Fire Pink is a short-lived perennial with bold flowers that attract hummingbirds. It prefers drier upland habitats.

USDA symbol: SIVI4

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height12 to 18 inches
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorRed
Fire Pink (Fire Pink<div><em class="small">Silene virginica</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceUnknown
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsApril to June

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow


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EcoregionDriftless Area, Northern Lakes and Forests
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest