Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Silene Virginica - Fire Pink

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Silene Virginica 

Pronounced - sigh-Lee-nee  ver-JIN-ih-kuh

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has a wonderful map showing the natural range of this plant. Fire Pink is considered endangered or threatened in three states.
Fire Pink
Fire Pink growing in the wildflower gardens at Nodding Onion Gardens
Silene Virginica
Silene Virginica - Mark Welchley
Wildlife Significance - Silene virginica

Nectar Source - Butterflies (Black Swallowtails), humming birds and Bumblebees.

Birds - Hummingbirds attracted for nectar

Major Pollinator - hummingbirds

Other Pollinators - Bumble bees (Bombus spp.), syrphid flies, solitary bees

Hadena (genus of moths) - Diurnal (during the day) moths are present, however their role may be one of seed predator, pollinator or a combination of both.*

*See our reference page - citation from Dr. Susan Kephart's papers

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website.

Propagation Notes - Fire Pink

Seed - Collect in the fall after capsules become firm, brown and dry.

Stratify -
Cold/ moist storage for 60 days
Germination rate - Moderately successful - sprouts appeared approximately 10 days after planting. Seemed to do best when seed was covered with vermiculite and not soil.

Seedling shape

 Fire Pink growing in wildlife habitat
Jim Wohl - Fire Pink

Cultivation Information

Fire Pink

Height - 1 to 2 ft
Flower Color - Red
Blooms - April - June

Sun - Part Shade - Woodland - Does not do well in deep shade- best with filtered sun.

Hardy Zone - Text indicates this is a short-lived perennial that self-seeds. Our plants are going into their third season, I am curious to see how they fare after the bitter cold January of 2018.
Soil - Dry medium soil
pH - 5.5 - 7

Family – Caryophyllaceae

Garden Location - Spring 2018, we are anticipating the growth and maturity of Fire Pink combined

with Green and Gold - Chrysogonum virginianum on the the outter edge of a woodland garden.

Mark Welchley Silene Virginica - Fire Pink
Fire Pink by Mark Welchley
Silene Virginica seedlings started February 2016 picture taken April 13, 2016
Silene Virginica seedls started February 2016 picture taken April 13, 2016

Seed Provenance -
Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2013 -  Nodding Onion Gardens - 2015 - Present