Native Plant Database

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Indian pink

Spigelia marilandica
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Green
Hardy From Zone: 5
Hardy To Zone: 9

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Hummingbird
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

18 to
30
inches

Spread:

2 to
2
feet
Size
Height: 18 to
30
inches
Spread: 2 to
2
feet
Size
Height: 18 to
30
inches
Spread: 2 to
2
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Native Americans used Indian Pink for intestinal worms and cough rememdies. Toxic in overdoses.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Easy to grow in fertile, well-drained soil, partial shade. Naturally occuring at edges of woods and streambanks. Light shade to half sun exposure.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Indian Pink is quietly spectacular, growing in naturally open wood edges and along streams. This perennial is easy to grow and is rated as a “Top 10 Hummingbird Plant”. Foliage is glossy green all season. Flowers in late spring to summer with dazzling displays of upright bright crimson tubular flowers that have yellow throats that look like cream-colored stars as they open.

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