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.
|Author: ||Alexander Carl Heinrich
|| Fire Pink, Scarlet
Catchfly, Indian pink
Linne, 1753 (Seen with the authors: Willd. Rafin and Benth.), S.
californica, S. pensylvanica.
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.