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Silene caroliniana (Wild Pink)

Wild Pink, American Pink, Carolina Campion, Sticky Catchfly


Silene caroliniana (Wild Pink) is a low-growing, tufted, semi-evergreen perennial boasting loose clusters of rosy pink flowers adorned with five spreading petals, usually unnotched or just slightly notched, in mid to late spring. A single plant can produce up to 100 showy flowers. They are borne atop sticky flowering stems and rise above the basal foliage of narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Rich in pollen, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This wildflower is usually short lived. It makes an ideal rock garden specimen and can be used as a colorful groundcover in perennial borders. It is also a great addition to wildflower gardens, native plant gardens, woodland gardens or cottage gardens.

  • Grows up to 10-12 in. tall and wide (25-30 cm).
  • Pest and disease free and low maintenance, this eye-catching beauty is also drought tolerant (once established).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in moderately fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage is essential and sandy or gravelly soils are favored by this plant. Best in partly sunny sites with afternoon shade.
  • Great for rock gardens, cottage gardens or prairies and meadows.
  • Propagate by seeds or root division.. 
  • Native to eastern and central North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Silene - Campions
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Silene - Campions
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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