Indian Pink

Don’t ask me why they call this flower Indian pink. I have no idea. I don’t see anything pink about it. It also goes by woodland pinkroot, pinkroot and its scientific name Spigelia marilandica.

It’s a native wildflower of southeastern U.S.  and is now sold in nurseries. In the wild it grows in rich moist woods and along streams.  It’s recommended gardeners plant it in shade or partial shade. The plants naturally grow in clumps. Mine “contained” themselves naturally to 1 clump for many years. Now small clumps and individuals are sprouting up all along the side of an old one-car garage. It’s said they grow 1-2 feet tall. My tallest clump is 3 feet or more.

Mine started blooming in April. Of course, our winter was more spring-like. (Our spring’s like late June with highs to 90 instead of 70.)

Everything I’ve read said Indian pink’s pollinated by hummingbirds. I’ve yet to verify that.

What are the odds — here I sit working on this blog, look out the picture window by my computer, and in flies a hummer! It checks out the red of an empty tube feeder. It’s the first one I’ve seen this year. I can’t see the Indian pink from here, so I still don’t know if it visited them.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on May 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Beautiful shots! They look very healthy and happy where they are.


  2. They’re on the verge of being too happy. They are a beautiful flower!


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