I wish I wasn’t so surprised every time I happen upon this plant in a garden. Problem is, it doesn’t happen very often. Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica, USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9) is native to the southeastern United States and is a stunner in a woodland or moist garden. It prefers partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil, but will tolerate full sun if its soil is consistently moist. Its spring clusters of tubular crimson flowers, with tips that flare open to reveal the yellow interiors, are atop 2-foot-tall stems on plants up to 18 inches wide. Bonus: the flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds.
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