Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Silene virginica L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

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Mark Mittelstadt

Mark Mittelstadt

Merel R. Black

Robert H. Read

Robert W. Freckmann

Robert W. Freckmann

Kyle Steele

Kyle Steele
Family Caryophyllaceae
Silene virginica L.
fire pink, scarlet catchfly
Silene: probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.
virginica: of Virginia
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Status: Endangered
Plant: erect, perennial, 8"-32" tall forb
Flower: red to orange, 5-parted, 1"- 1 1/2" wide, sepals forming a wide tube, petals 2-lobed; inflorescence open, with 7 or more flowers; blooms May-Sept.
Leaf:basal leaves stalked, 2-4 pairs of stalkless stem leaves
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods, slopes; in rich, rocky soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Silene virginica L. var. virginica

         
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