Fire Pink (Silene virginica) is another wildflower that grows in the east-central and Ozarks areas of Missouri. When I traveled to the southeast area of Missouri this past spring, this bright beauty was observed almost everywhere in Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, especially in the wooded area surrounding our campsite.
The fire pink is a perennial wildflower that grows to ~2 feet tall. The flowers are a brilliant red, with a single notch. Sometimes, the Silene wildflowers are referred to as “catchfly”. This is due to this flower genus secreting a sticky juice on it’s stems, which often catches insects. Here are a few images I made of the fire pinks.
And a flower just starting to bloom:
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