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California Indian pink (Silene laciniata ssp. californica)

California Indian pink (Silene laciniata ssp. californica) is a showy California-native perennial herb. Also known as cardinal catchfly, this plant's beautiful, reddish-orange flowers attract the attention not only of curious hikers, but also of hummingbirds. Wildflowers in the pink family (Caryophyllaceae) are so-named not for their color (in this case, clearly not pink), but for their roughly-edged petals, which often have the appearance of having been tattered by pinking shears.

California Indian pink (Silene laciniata ssp. californica).  Amador County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0357
California Indian pink (Silene laciniata ssp. californica) wildflowers. Tiger Creek, Amador County, California.
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