Silene virginica L.
Family: Caryophyllaceae
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Mark Mittelstadt  
Etymology: 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.
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-32" tall forb
Leaves: basal leaves stalked, 2-4 pairs of stalkless stem leaves
Flowers: 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.
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods, slopes; in rich, rocky soil
Conservation Status: Endangered
Silene virginica
Silene virginica image
Kyle Steele  
Silene virginica image
Robert W. Freckmann  
Silene virginica image
Kyle Steele  
Silene virginica image
Kyle Steele  
Silene virginica image
Mark Mittelstadt  
Silene virginica image
Botanical Illustration  
Silene virginica image
Merel R. Black  
Silene virginica image
Robert W. Freckmann  
Silene virginica image
Robert H. Read  
Silene virginica image
Merel R. Black  
Silene virginica image
Mark Mittelstadt  
Silene virginica image
Robert W. Freckmann  
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