General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12-24 inches
Plant Spread: to 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Other: Round green pod, 1/4 - 1/3" wide - turning black at maturity and exploding to expel seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Red and yellow
Other: 5 red petals fused to form a long tube with yellow interior, flaring widely at mouth into a yellow star shape.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Plant contains Strychnine
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects

Common names
  • Indian Pink
  • Woodland pinkroot
  • Pinkroot
  • Spigelia

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  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 18, 2013 3:53 PM concerning plant:
    Here in Florida, Indian Pink is found only in the panhandle area and grows in habitats of moist woodlands and along stream banks. It is one of the most attractive and ornamental wildflowers found in Florida. Indian Pink is an erect, clump-forming perennial with stiff, square stems and 1 to 4 inch long lance-shaped leaves that taper to a point. Flowers are 1 to 2 inches in length and appear at the top of the stems along one side of the spike. The 1to 2 inch long red (with yellow interior) trumpet-shaped flowers face upward, flaring at the ends to form a 5-lobed yellow star. The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

    The fruit of Indian Pink is a 1/4 to 1/2" round green pod that turns black at maturity, exploding to expel the seeds which disperse quickly. The plant readily self-seeds and colonizes.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 27, 2013 11:13 PM concerning plant:
    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

    "Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink or Woodland pinkroot) is a perennial wildflower in the Loganiaceae family that is used as ornamental plant. It flowers in June and tends to be found low moist woods, ravines, or streambanks in partial or full shade. It will grow to 1 to 2 feet high with a spread of 0.5 to 1.5 feet."
  • Posted by Pistil (Lake Stevens, WA - Zone 8a) on Sep 18, 2018 6:44 PM concerning plant:
    I have two of these. I live near Seattle, so the climate is very different from where they are from. They do fine and have proved to be drought tolerant. Even in a very long dry summer, I just water them a few times. Very late to emerge in the spring, they finally start blooming midsummer (unlike their home territory). They continue to bloom in flushes until mid fall. I collected seeds by putting an organza bag over the seed pods. Otherwise, they disappear.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 9:25 AM concerning plant:
    Sunlight Gardens: Indian Pink blooms early summer in good soil and light shade. Clumps grow to 2 feet tall. Leaves occur along stems in 4 to 7 pairs, and flowers occur in one-sided, curving, terminal clusters. Individual flowers are a blazing scarlet, tubular, and have 5 pointed lobes that are bright yellow on the inside. The colors are strong and vivid.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 27, 2014 11:06 AM concerning plant:
    Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) has bright red blossoms and blooms in early summer. Native to the southeastern United States, it is popular with hummingbirds, especially when massed. It does well in average to moist soil in part shade. In my zone 7a garden, it has grown slowly and did not bloom its first season. I'm hoping for some blooms next year.
  • Posted by daylily (Ohio - Zone 6a) on Jul 3, 2013 7:18 AM concerning plant:
    I added this plant 2 or 3 years ago. It is under a mature crab apple, 'Prairie Fire,' along with hostas and a few other shade perennials. It is not in the easiest spot for growing, but it is slowly increasing. Now that I see some of the other photos here, I might move it this fall to a better spot where it will have a little brighter, yet filtered light and better soil with no tree root competition. The flowers are very unusual, and the hummingbirds do love them.
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