May. 29, 2020

fire pink, Silene virginica

Fire! Fire! Back south again yesterday. I've missed yelling fire in an empty forest. Too long since I've seen this old favorite. Particularly too long since I've seen ones that really looked good. Examples I've seen in Michigan just don't seem as robust, even in gardens. It's more like, "Fire? Fire?" The trip went as usual, some terrific new things, some missed. Fire pink grows in woods and borders in AL, AR, DE, FL(E), GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI(T), MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI(E), WV, and ON. Chateau Nivale Preserve, Adams CO OH, 5/28/20. Pink family (Which explains why a red flower is called pink), Caryophyllaceae.