Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) is currently the highlight of our front and back yards. It was the subject of a blog in 2010, after I first planted it in the backyard. At that time, I declared it to be one of my favorite native plants, and that’s still true.
It has attractive blooms and nice foliage, and it’s quite hardy and drought resistant. It’s about 12-16″ high, and grows well in shade or part-shade. According to what I read, it also attracts hummingbirds. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I decided I wanted it more visible to others, and planted these by our front door.
The plants are attractive from a distance and the brilliant red blossoms topped by contrasting yellowish stars are even more striking when seen up close.
Visitors have commented on the blossoms, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing them as I come and go. When they finish blooming, I’ll cut off the old blossoms and look forward to them blooming again in about a month.
If you have a bit of space in shade or part-shade and don’t have Indian pinks, I hope you’ll consider giving them a try.