Silene caroliniana wild pink Caryophyllaceae SICA; Bx, pb, vc; 


Silene.caroliniana.© 2002.Robert DeCandido Ph.D.

Silene caroliniana is a perennial herb, about 15 cm tall, from a taproot, growing in clumps; hairy. 

Leaves opposite, basal leaves stalked, stem leaves often stalkless, blade 5-12 cm long 1.2-3 cm wide. 

Flowers dark pink, petals 0.8-1.5 cm long; calyx tubular, 1.5-2 cm long; inflorescence dense of 5-13 flowers; blooming April-May. 

Fruit a capsule opening at top to release warty seeds. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Rare (NYS, S3, V); Locally common, otherwise rare. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Crevasses in exposed bedrock in undisturbed, dry, woods, in partial shade. Found in humus soil pH 5.0 (Gargiullo, unpublished data).