Free seeds for Wildflower of the Year
Fire-pink (Silene virginica), a stunning native perennial of the eastern U.S., has been named the 2015 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year. A member of the carnation or “pink” family (Caryophyllaceae), fire-pink can be found throughout North Carolina and occurs in a variety of habitats from dry, open woods to stream banks to sunny roadsides. The name “pink” refers not to the color, but rather to the frilled edges of many flowers within this family (think of “pinking shears”). In mid-spring, fire-pink explodes with an abundance of brilliantly colored scarlet, star-shaped flowers that provide a spectacular display through mid-summer.
The 1,000-acre North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., which work together to promote native plants, named it Wildflower of the Year.
For a free Wildflower of the Year brochure and packet of fire-pink seeds, send a stamped, self-addressed, business envelope marked “Attention to NCWFOY 2015” to North Carolina Botanical Garden, UNC–Chapel Hill, CB 3375, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375. To view a list of the past 33 wildflower winners, visit