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Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)

Indian Pink, Carolina Pink, Maryland Pinkroot, Star Bloom, Worm Grass


A charming woodland plant, Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink) is a clump-forming perennial with glossy green, broadly lance-shaped leaves borne on stiff erect stems. In early summer, clusters of upward facing, trumpet-shaped, deep-red to scarlet flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm), are on display. Each flower is yellow inside and flares at the top to form a yellow five-pointed star. Blooming from the bottom upward, they are very attractive to hummingbirds and their flowering season can be prolonged by removing the flowers as they wither. Easy to grow, Indian Pink is a beautiful addition to shaded border fronts, shade gardens, woodland gardens or wildflower gardens.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 6-18 in. wide (15-45 cm).
  • Extremely easy to grow, this perennial plant thrives in light shade to full shade in organically rich, moist, well-draining soils. Tolerates full sun with enough moisture. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Great choice for beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens and cottage gardens.
  • Propagate by seed or by division.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Native to the southeastern United States

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 6" – 18" (15cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Northeast, Maryland, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 6" – 18" (15cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Northeast, Maryland, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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