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Spigelia marilandica

Indian Pink /

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Indian pink is an excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds when it blooms in June. Plants form clumps with glossy green foliage topped by crimson red, trumpet-shaped flowers tipped in yellow. When a large colony is in bloom, it is a spectacular site.

Benefits

  • Underused plant, provides a stunning burst of color for shade gardens
  • Outstanding source of nectar for hummingbirds
  • Easy to grow plant with a tolerance for a wide conditions
  • Beautiful choice for dry shade

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in part sun to full shade. Grows in a variety of soils, from moist to dry, shade to partial sun. A very hardy plant, though it is best planted by the end of July for reliable success in gardens and containers. Prefers not to be transplanted once established.


Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
15-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Native Range

Moist woods and coves; North Carolina to Indiana south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Hummers have a fast breathing rate, a fast heartbeat, and a high body temperature. They must feed at least every 10 minutes all day.


"These red flowers really brighten shady areas when they bloom, attracting my hummingbird friends."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
Exposure
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
Attracts Wildlife
  • Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Dry Shade
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Red
Uses
  • Bog, water garden
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia