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Indian Pink, Spigelia Marilandica Is Known For Its Striking Scarlet Blooms and Its Signature Yellow Starburst In Each Flower

Indian pink, formally known as the Spigelia marilandica or commonly known as the pink root, is a native herbaceous perennial that naturally occurs in many SC counties and several nearby Southern states. Showy, tubular flowers open during mid-May in Piedmont, but as much as two weeks later at higher elevations. Clusters of long flower buds form at the top of each stem, maturing into a striking shade of scarlet. Five-pointed petals unfurl from each flower and create an intense yellow starburst pattern atop the corolla. This perennial flower tolerates well in different weather conditions.

Indian Pink, Spigelia Marilandica Prefers Moist Areas, And Are Best Grown With Compost To Help It Grow To Its Ideal Height

The Indian pink prefers to grow in semi-shaded woodland sites with adequate soil moisture, extending along the edges of rich, moist woods in partly sunny areas. They may require irrigation in bright landscape settings. Plants grow upright, from a little more than a foot to almost three feet tall. Foliage will be denser, and plants will be more compact and floriferous in sites with more significant amounts of sunlight.

In shady woodland habitats, the plants increase in size and reach, so treating large landscape beds with organic matter is better than simply digging a planting hole. Clumps of composted or decomposed pine bark improve drainage in clay soils, maintain the natural soil acidity essential for this native perennial, and help suppress soil-borne disease. However, you may use leaf compost, as all forms of organic matter help the soil hold on to applied nutrients for the plants to utilize sparingly.

Organic matter makes for an excellent quality soil without extensively changing the soil structure. For a landscape bed, evenly apply a layer of ten or twenty percent organic matter over the planting bed about one to a one-and-a-half-inch deep, and then thoroughly mix by tilling to six or seven inches deep. As these perennials require acidic soil, choose a site that has not limed in recent years. The best time to plant the Indian pink is autumn, as most perennial roots will grow during the autumn and spring months to establish plants before the heat and drought begin in the summer. Apply mulch to landscape beds. A healthy Indian pink produces a dense, fibrous root system through three or more years of growth and may propagate by division. You may dig a plant, rinsed free of soil to expose the root system, and divisions cut apart using a sharp, serrated knife.

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Indian Pink or Spigelia marilandica is a woodland plant that belongs to the family Loganiaceae, grows at wood edges and along streams is native to South Eastern United States, usually found in coastal gardens, woodland gardens, buds, borders, etc. It makes a unique addition to the yards and landscapes.

Such clump-forming species grows up to the height of 1 to 2 feet while the spread is ½ to 1 ½ foot. Indian Pink plants thrive in expansive soil ranges like sandy, loamy, and clay that must be well-drained and organically rich, having high moisture content. These herbaceous perennials are drought tolerant and propagate in full sun or partial shade, expanding from downward to upward.

The leaves are lance-shaped and ovate that stay radiantly green all seasons while the flowers arise from the flower buds on the top of each stem that are elongated in shape comes in the form of clusters. The flowers are long, trumpet-shaped tubules glossy red from the outside that open into star-shaped 5 pointed crimson, yellow petals. The blossoms that flourish in May or early June seem the best choice for gardeners to brighten the theme of wildflower gardens. After spring, removing grown flowers is best to prolong the blooming period until summer, favoring continuous flowering. The hardiness zones are 6 to 9. These plants may also tolerate full sun in a well-irrigated environment.

These low-maintenance plants are easy to grow and manage, preferably placed underneath large trees like maples for adequate shade in hot summers. Columbines and hosta are the favorite combinations to plant with Indian pink plants. At the same time, corbels seem the best natural pairing with these species in shaded areas having the same growing conditions.


Indian pink is a spring-blooming wildflower that propagate through cuttings, seed, and division

The preferred duration for the division is early summers, as the roots get enough time for development as soon as the plant is transplanted before the dormancy period. However, the cuttings must be obtained before spring and early rooting into potting soil or containers having a sufficient proportion of ideal soil ingredients. Propagation through seeds occurs by scattering the seeds throughout the area where growth is expected. For getting the best outcomes, the dispersal of the seeds must be accomplished just after their ripening.


The use of organic matter is the best source to increase the growth rate of the soil. Pine bark compost, perlite, peat moss, and moisture seem the best combination to increase the fertility of the soil. The native perennial needs acidic soil. The use of acid-forming fertilizers is the best solution to fulfill the requirements for adequate growth. It may also help maintain soil acidity and cope with various soil-borne diseases, enabling the valuable microorganisms for decomposition for making the soil fertile. The species are well known for attracting the pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds through their bright color and sweet fragrance. Indian Pink plant has great horticulture importance and is beneficial for wildlife. The perennials are deer and rabbit resistant, having no severe pest diseases. The plants are anthelmintic have a significant effect on tapeworms and earthworms.


Sun exposure: full sun or part shade

Water requirements: moderate moisture

Zone: 6 to 9

Best time to Harvest: Spring

Height at maturity: 1 to 2 feet

Ship as: Bare root

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    Indian Pink Plant

    This best accents under my maple tree. It is surviving well yet hoping to flourish more in summer.

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