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The 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.
The 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.