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Regional Picks: Plant Wish List – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening – Issue 172

Southern Plains

 

1. Indian Pink

 

Name: Spigelia marilandica

Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Widely adaptable to sun and soil conditions

Calling all hummingbirds! Indian pink’s tubular flowers are an outstanding nectar source and a true showstopper in the early summer garden. Clusters of upward-facing, scarlet blooms open to display a yellow center that erupts into a five-pointed star. This tough native perennial blooms over a long season throughout May and into June; the flowering season can be extended by removing spent blossoms. Though naturally occurring in moist woodlands, forest edges, and along stream banks, Indian pink is equally tolerant of sunny, dry sites.

 

2. Keiko™ Itoh Peony

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