Fire-Pink is a late spring or early summer perennial wildflower found throughout much of the eastern United States. The blossom features five deeply-notched, bright red petals emerging from a narrow tube.

Photo: Mike Habeck.

Fire-Pink can grow more than two feet high. The brightly colored flowers are favorites of hummingbirds. Petals of the similar Royal Catchfly are not notched at the ends, and Royal Catchfly has a considerably smaller and scattered range.

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