Spigelia marilandica~Indian Pink
Another of our wonderful Southeastern US natives that you won't see just anywhere! You will have to seek this sweetie pie out from native plant specialists if you want it in your garden. But, I promise, you won't be disappointed to have its red and yellow flowers grabbing attention in the shade. I have seen this plant massed and it looks spectacular. At this time, C&L only has two plants...but we want more!
According to the literature it prefers a moist, rich woodland~although, it tolerates the dry clay soil that is my woodland most of the summer! Just site it where you want it to grow... it really doesn't like to be moved. Go here to see if it will grow in your garden...my dear Canadian friends it won't take your cold winters!
It's good to be a benign gardener or this greenery might have been weeded out! Fortunately, I saw the red bud. Truthfully, it wasn't until the flower opened that I remembered tucking the Indian Pink in the garden last year!
In case you need more convincing to try Indian Pinks....Here's another look at those very different looking, but not unattractive flowers! Imagine them massed with hovering hummingbirds all around! Because that red and yellow flower produces an "outstanding source of nectar for hummingbirds."
So glad you stopped by! Frances arrives today and we are going to play in the garden, visit Growild, a native plant nursery, talk and leave tomorrow for Spring Fling! I won't be posting until late Monday or Tuesday! I wish all of you were going to be there! Have a sweet week filled with gardening and time with friends and loved ones. Gail