Mystery plant 045

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.


Group of plants


Flower buds and opening flowers




Closeup of dying flowers


Leaves, leaf arrangement and stem


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).

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4 Responses to Mystery plant 045

  1. Jeff says:

    Looks like Fire Pink (Silene virginica).

  2. Joan Knapp says:

    Silene virginica (Fire pink)

  3. Joyce Hochsprung says:

    Fire Pink, Silene virginica

  4. Angelyn says:

    Yes, you are all correct. This is Fire pink (Silene virginica). I appreciate the red flowers when they appear in the spring — since they brighten the landscape considerably.

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