Here’s the final in this week’s series of native plants from last year that are now returning to my garden. This unique flower, Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica), may be my favorite. I love the star-shaped flowers topping off red trumpets.
One of the best features of Indian Pink is that it grows well in shade, unlike many flowering plants. We’ve got a lot of shade in our yard, so I’m always happy to find flowers that will thrive in it. I’m especially excited that the Indian Pink has spread a little since last year.
If you live in the Tallahassee area, you can buy Indian Pink at Native Nurseries. Head over there soon to see a huge patch of it in all its glory. (Mine is just about to start blooming.)
Indian Pink’s native range covers the Southeastern U.S., a few states in the Midwest, and Texas. For more info, take a look at this summary from the Forest Service.
© 2015 Karen Joslin