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Spigelia marilandica

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: yellow, red

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts hummingbirds, clumping, naturalizing, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, woodland plant

Flowers of Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink)
  • Flowers of Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink)
  • Flowers of Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink)
  • Flowers of Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink)
  • Flowers of Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink)

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Description

Spigelia marilandica

Also known as:

woodland pinkroot

,

pinkroot

,

Indian pink

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Spigelia marilandica blooms in curving, terminal clusters of upward facing trumpet-shaped flowers that have a tropical feel. They are red on the outside and yellow inside, giving them the appearance of yellow stars, if observed from above. The deeply veined green leaves are spade-shaped.

Cultivation

Woodland pink is an attractive, long-lived perennial native to the moist, open woods and stream banks of the southeastern US. It is a clump forming plant that prefers average to rich, acidic soil in part-shade to shade, but is tolerant of a variety of growing conditions. It is relatively cold tender and might require protection in Zone 5. Deadheading will prolong the flowering period which begins in late spring. Zones 6-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by clump division in early spring.

Additional Notes

Indian pink can easily get crowded out by more aggressive plants, so give it some breathing room. This species is extremely attractive to hummingbirds.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IN

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Gentianales
Family Loganiaceae Logania family
Genus Spigelia pinkroot
Species Spigelia marilandica woodland pinkroot