This plant grows throughout the eastern and central portions of North America. It prefers a wooded or rocky habitat. When you can identify it, please leave a comment with its common and scientific names. And share any personal history you may have with this plant.
ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Fire pink (Silene virginica)
Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Fire pink (Silene virginica).