Fire Pink - Silene virginica (Pink family - Caryophyllaceae)

 

Fire Pink - Silene virginica (Pink family - Caryophyllaceae) Note the narrow, deep scarlet petals, double-toothed at the tip, and the long flower stalks. 1 - 2 ft. Open woods, rocky slopes. The flowers of many members of the Pink family are called Catchflies because they have a sticky secretion on their stems and tubular parts.

 

 

 

It is thought that this sticky material traps crawling insects, preventing them from collecting the flower's nectar. The generic name is derived for the Greek sialon, meaning "saliva," an allusion to the excretions of the stem and flower. Fire Pink was once used as worm medicine by herb doctors.

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