University of Maryland Extension

Spigelia, Indian pink

Text and photo by Ellen Nibali

Spigelia marilandica

When plant guru Allan Armitage calls a plant “striking”, “wonderful” and “stop in your tracks”, you know you’re on to something.  With bright red outside and pure yellow inside, this native perennial is rarely seen in gardens yet this may change when word gets out how easy, pest free and long-blooming it is.  Spigelia enjoys part sun or part shade, spreading slowly into a substantial 18” tall plant, producing just enough seedlings that you’re happy to see them.  Moist soil may be its biggest key to success, but soil needn’t be wet or soggy all the time. Established plants tolerate some drought. Plant it in the front of garden or wild area, all the better for ogling. 


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