Fire Pink

By William T. Hathaway
Fire Pink (Silene virginica)

Not only is the Fire Pink (Silene virginica) a favorite wildflower for many of us, its color is rare in the local wildflower flora. Identification is easy. The plant is vivid-pubescent like most other members of the genus Silene. In April through June you may find it scattered in woods and woodland borders throughout Pittsylvania County.

A close inspection of the vivid calyx usually displays several tiny flying insects that have been stuck, like in flypaper, on the sticky calyx. I took this picture at the Banister Cliff site overlooking the Banister River in May 1984.

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