Native #8:
INDIAN PINK
Spigelia marilandica

Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)

Both these photos were submitted by Bob Carroll

Although called Indian Pink, this plant, Spigelia marilandica, actually has tubular flowers that are bright crimson with a bright yellow lining. It is under-used by hummingbird gardeners but is an excellent plant for a yard with tall established trees that cast light shade beneath them.
Indian Pink comes up quite late in the spring, so mark the planting spot to avoid accidentally over-planting it. It is a low-growing plant the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds find easily as they scout the landscape for food sources.

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Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)

CULTIVATION TIPS

Perennial, clump-forming
Blooms late spring to early summer
Rich, moist soil
Full sun or light shade; a good edge plant
Zones 5-9, perhaps 4
NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate native hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order native plants. Please do NOT collect native plants from the wild unless they are growing in a site under immediate threat from development; instead, try to find a reputable nursery near you that raises native plants from cuttings or seeds.

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