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Fire Pink

Silene virginica

Fire Pink

General Information

Fire Pink is an easy-to-grow, upright, short-lived herbaceous perennial.

Fire Pink is typically found in openings in rocky wooded slopes, open woods, meadows, and thickets. Fire Pink prefers dry to medium, well-drained soil and afternoon shade. It does best in sandy or gravelly soil or in light loams.

Fire Pink has showy scarlet or crimson red flowers and blooms between May and early July.

Plants in the Catchfly family (Silene) have sticky hairs that discourage ants and other insects from eating the plant.

Plant Information

Plant Type:

Short-lived herbaceous perennial

Sun Preference:

Part Sun

Soil Moisture Preference:

Medium-Dry * Dry

Plant Height:

2 feet

Plant Width:

1 to 2 feet

Plant Spacing:

1 to 2 feet

Flower Color:


Flower timing:

May to July

Culture Information:

As a short-lived perennial, Fire Pink works best in meadows, woodlands, naturalized areas where that it may freely reseed itself. It also works in butterfly gardens, native gardens, pollinator gardens, rock gardens, cottage gardens but needs to be allowed to reseed itself in place.

When first planted, Fire Pink should be watered weekly for first few months, unless at least an inch of rain has been received in the last week to help it get established. After it becomes established, Fire Pink does not need watering, as it is drought tolerant.

Fire Pink can be cut back to the ground in late fall or over winter. It does tend to do best as a wildflower in a natural habitat where it can freely self-seed. It has a taproot, so it is difficult to move once planted.


Dry Soil
Poor Soil
Clay Soil
Shallow-Rocky Soil

Pests & Disease:

Fire Pink has no serious insect problems.
Fire Pink has no serious disease problems.

Fire Pink has a low flammability rating.

Wildlife Use:

Pollinators: Fire Pink’s nectar attracts butterflies.

Birds: Fire Pink’s flowers attract hummingbirds. Songbirds such as Juncos, Pine Siskins, Sparrow, and Larks eat the seeds.

Mammals: Fire Pink is moderately deer resistant.

Other: N/A.

Native to:

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