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Silene is a perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 8.

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Firepink Plant Benefits In Landscaping

Firepink Plant – Silene Virginica

The Firepink plant grows in clumps with an unmistakably vivid bloom that catches the eye. This plant has very week stems, especially when compared to the size of its flowers. It can reach a height of one to two feet when fully mature, but it looks more like a ground cover. This is because the thin stems will fall over once the plant reaches 12 inches. Stems have long narrow leaves with bright, vivid red, tubular flowers. Each blossom is 1 ½ inches across with five individual petals shooting out flat from the flower’s base. Each individual petal has a V-shaped notch at its end that creates sharp pointed lobes found in sets of two. This makes the blooms appear at first glance to have more petals then just five. The strikingly bright red flowers bloom at the very tip of the stems. Leaves are green in the summer and turn a reddish green during the winter months. The Firepink Plant will continually bloom from April through August. It is a perennial with a fast growth rate. It thrives in hardy plant zones four through seven and has been used successfully in zone eight with proper care. It does best in poor conditions. The ideal soil for this species is acidic, well-drained, and rocky. Bird lovers enjoy how it easily attracts birds, especially hummingbirds. Gardeners use it in their landscaping as a border plant. It does well in shady spots, and it is sought after for Hummingbird gardens and wildflower meadows. In nature it is found growing wild in open, dry areas as well as moist forest settings. This indicates how easy Firepink Plants are to grow and care for. This is a feature that makes them well-loved by both professionals and the average homeowner.

The Fire Pink Catchfly is commonly found growing wildly in the southeastern region of the United States, which includes zones 4 - 9. It gets its name from the hairy and sticky film on its stems, where flies and gnats get caught occasionally. In addition, it blooms a bright red or reddish flower, that makes it a very attractive addition to any garden or landscape.

The Fire Pink Catchfly has a short span life cycle for a perennial. Its red flowers are large and can measure between 1 to 1.5 inches. This beautiful small plant can grow up to two feet and is self-feeding, so additional soil nutrients are not necessary. It loves growing around rocky, dry, or even near creek beds. If you love bird watching, add this beauty to your garden and you will surely attract the red ruby throat hummingbird or some colorful butterflies.

The best time to plant seeds for the Fire Pink Catchfly is in the early spring in medium dry to dry soil, so avoid using too much water. Avoid too much sunlight, this plant blooms well in semi-shade. It unleashes its colorful flowers during May through July. Adding this picturesque plant will give your garden the pizazz you are looking for. You can also use this plant close to your home along the side with other shrubs and bushes.

The Fire Pink Catchfly can add beauty to any lush green landscape. Make sure to plant it near other shrubs that may provide shade. Although it blooms in May it can live up to late August. Other plant life that is likely to grow well with the Fire Pink Catchfly includes grass, moss, and wildflowers. Big shaded trees are its friend, and helps protect it from too much sun.