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Melandrium virginicum

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Photo from: Dan Tenaglia,
  Missouriplants. 


Photo by Wojciech Zychowsk. A bit skinny.

Author: Alexander Carl Heinrich Braun, 1843
Family:  CARYOPHYLLACEAE
Origin:  Eastern U.S.A.
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  2-3 centimetres
Height:  60 centimetres
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Fire Pink, Scarlet Catchfly, Indian pink  
Synonyms:  Silene virginica Linne, 1753 (Seen with the authors: Willd. Rafin and Benth.), S. californica, S. pensylvanica.
This member of the Caryophyllaceae family was given this name by Alexander Carl Heinrich Braun in 1843. It originates from the eastern part of north America, from southern Canada and Minnesota, southward to Florida and Louisiana. It grows in a well-drained soil with little to some water and little to some sun. The flower stands will reach for 60 centimetres, the flowers are bright red. It can only be reproduced by seeds.

The genera name from the Greek melas; 'black' and andros; 'man', referring to the dark stamen. The species name for its occurrence in Virginia, US.