Spigelia marilandica, commonly called Indian pink, is a clump-forming, native perennial which occurs in moist woods and streambanks in the southeastern part of the United States. It features one-sided cymes of upward facing, trumpet-shaped, red flowers (to 2" long) atop stiff stems growing to 18" tall. Each flower is yellow inside and flares at the top to form five pointed lobes (a yellow star). The flowers bloom in June. Glossy green, ovate to lance-shaped leaves (to 4" long). Woodland pinkroot, as it is also called, is native from Maryland south to Florida and west to Illinois and Texas,
It is nice in shaded border fronts, shade gardens, woodland gardens, wildflower gardens or native plant gardens. It is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part sun to full shade, and prefers moist, organically rich soils. It is marginally tolerant of wet soils, as it sometimes grows along stream banks. We have also grown it in full sun, as it is quite adpatable. There are no serious insect or disease problems.
Text Adapted from Missouri Botanic Garden Plant Finder