Flower of the Week

As I wandered through the gardens this week, I noticed one of my favorite native plants in bloom.

Native plant Spigelia or Indian Pinks make a great addition to your shade garden. https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/06/flower-of-the-week/

Spigelia marilandica or Indian pink is a small flower growing about 1 ft. tall.  The bloom begins with a tubular, red flower and then opens up to a yellow, star-shaped bloom on the end.  Over time, it will make about a 1 ft. clump.

Native plant Spigelia or Indian Pinks make a great addition to your shade garden. https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/06/flower-of-the-week/

I have this in my half shade/half sun bed where it receives some afternoon sun.  It tolerates so many growing conditions, from part sun to full shade, to moist or dry soil.  It is a perennial in zones 5-9 and it’s good to see some nurseries starting to carry these.  I started these from seed I collected on a motorcycle trip in Colorado and planted them and then forgot about them. So add being ignored to its attributes.  Our highway department also plants these in the strips between interstate highways and it is stunning to see masses of these in bloom.

Collecting seed from this flower can be tricky, though. Timing is everything.  Seeds will form in a tight pod and then will suddenly explode spewing seeds everywhere.  (Columbines do this, too.) So when the seed pods start to form, slip a piece of cheesecloth or pantyhose around them so you can collect them easily.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the red and it’s a great source of nectar for them as well.  It is listed as one of the top ten native plants for hummers by many hummingbird organizations.

Native plant Spigelia or Indian Pinks make a great addition to your shade garden. https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/06/flower-of-the-week/

Does anyone else have a not so common flower they enjoy?


About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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10 Responses to Flower of the Week

  1. Dawn says:

    What a gorgeous blossom! Thanks for sharing your Indian Pink today, Brenda. I want to add more native plants to our garden. I will have to look for it at one of the growers here that specialize in native plants. Thanks for the great tip for collecting seeds! Have a happy weekend! ♡

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  2. Years ago I grew a plant called Trilisa odoratissima. It’s a 3-ft-tall perennial that likes “wet feet” and I used it in a small soggy area. The purple flowers have no scent but the leaves smell like vanilla.

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  3. Just got back from a nursery and with my lack of knowledge. I was looking for a hearty perennial that doesn’t need too much sun. This one looks beautiful.
    I did come home with something interesting from the herb section though…….a curry plant. It smells amazing. Can’t wait to see how it grows in my herb garden. 🙂


    I would really love to have these again. Oh, my. I found mine on our own property in Mississippi, and brought a clump up close to the house. Miss them so.
    However, I never figured how they called them pinks, when they are red and yellow, and not classed with the carnations, right? 🙂
    I’m learning to love deerberry blossoms, which are far past, now. The tiniest lily of the valley type bloom. Also have a small patch of passiflora lutea (don’t know the common name, if it has one.) They are a palest cream color version of the common passionflower vine, but the bloom is only about 3/4″ diameter, and with every part of the larger plant’s flower fully in place and visible. A real beauty, in my opinion.


  5. bittster says:

    I never knew this plant could be so adaptable, it looks more like one of those fussy things I would kill 🙂
    I’ll have to keep an eye out for one!


  6. So cute , it’s like stars. 😊


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