Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fire Pink

Most conspicuous of the wild flowers on the Fox Island Upper Dune Trail is this small bright red flower called the FIRE PINK.  The reference to "pink" has nothing to do with the color of the petals but rather to the small notch at the end of each petal as if they had been cut with "pinking" shears.  Another name for this family of plants is "CATCHFLY" due to the sticky liquid produced by the flowers that traps insects that land on the petals.