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- Plant Name- Botanical Name - Indian Pink - Spigelia Marilandica Hardy Planting Zones- 5-9 Sun or Shade – Full shade to partial shade Mature Height - 12-38" Mature Width- 12-16" Bloom Season – Early summer (May to June) Gardener Status- Beginner
Indian Pink – Spigelia Marilandica
The Indian Pink comes from the family Loganiacae. The flowers in the plant often form in clumps and are trump-shaped. The outside of the flower is a brilliant red, while the throat of the flower is a canary yellow, which forms into a five-pointed lobe, creating a star if you look at it from the top. The flower itself is usually 2" in length. The flowers usually bloom in the months of March, April and May. The stems from the Indian Pink can grow 12 to 18" in length. The leaves on the Indian Pink are lance-shaped and are a glossy dark green. They typically come in pairs of 4 to 7 and can grow up to 4" in length. Many gardeners use the Indian Pink for border fronts, shade gardens or native plant gardens. The beautiful plant attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The flowers are an excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds. In truth, the Indian Pink is rated as a "Top 10 Hummingbird Plant". The Indian Pink can bring a stunning color to a summer garden. They prefer dry or moist soil filled with organic-rich matter. They are also very low maintenance. They are capable of withstanding long periods of drought. The Indian Pink can grow in Zones 6 through Zone 9. The plant is extraordinary and can be planted in yards with established trees, as the trees form a nice shade around them. They enjoy lots of shade. It is a great plant to grow outdoors all year-round. Although the Indian Pink is alluring, it is important to remember that the plant is poisonous if consumed or ingested. The Indian Pink can be paired with other wildflowers in gardens like the chrysogonum or the "dales" strain". The Indian Pink can create an exotic red vibrant look to any garden.
Indian Pink is an unusual wildflower native to the southeastern United States. It is an herbaceous perennial with emerald leaves and radiant red tubal flowers which peak with a star-shaped yellow tip. A long-blooming flower, it grows well in the shade and attracts pollinators like the hummingbird. Indian pink provides visual appeal throughout all four seasons and is described by the United States Department of Agriculture is one of the most attractive wildflowers in the country. A perfect addition to brighten up heavily wooded areas and create interest along creek banks.