Spigelia marilandica
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Spigelia marilandica

woodland pinkroot
Indian pink

  family strychnaceae 
  genus spigelia 

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Genus  Spigelia Species  marilandica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  woodland pinkroot   Indian pink Family  STRYCHNACEAE Specimen number  S11811 Data source  HtZn p170;MedPl p270
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 06-07 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Spigelia marilandica can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. Indian pink (also known as woodland pinkroot) needs summer days with high heat. Partial shade is ideal for this plant. It usually does best in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  anthelmintic Medicinal parts  Root Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Spigelia marilandica may have beneficial uses as an anthelmintic. Indian pink (sometimes called woodland pinkroot) requires professional guidance for safe usage. Other species with the same medicinal qualities include Spigelia flemmingania. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the root.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Spigelia marilandica is a perennial. Flowers: Indian pink (locally known in some parts as woodland pinkroot) has trumpet shaped flowers with five narrow yellow petals highlighting red throats; flowers appear on one side of stem only. The blossoms are usually a red color, with an accent in yellow.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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