Fire Pink (Silene virginica)

Fire Pink-1

Fire Pink is a perennial that can grow to eighteen inches tall with red blooms during April and May, the flowers are about two inches in diameter.   It thrives in dry to moist, well drained soils in full sun to part shade in the afternoons.   It prefers soil with sharp drainage like shady rocky ledges.    This plant grows best in it’s native setting and can germinate its seeds in ideal conditions.    It is difficult to germinate Fire Pink’s seeds outside of its natural habitat and that is why you rarely see it for sale from the native plant growers.

Just last week, The Cherokee Garden was gifted two Fire Pinks by the Georgia Native Plant Society.    In additions to the Fire Pinks they donated 20 additional native plants used by the Cherokee.     We are indeed fortunate to have the support of the Georgia Native Plant Society.

Fire Pink 3-donated by GNPS

The Cherokee made a tea from the roots that was used to expel worms from the body.

 

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