Maryland Native Plants for Shade: Spigelia marilandica – ‘Little Redhead’ Indian Pink

May 9, 2024 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Early Summer Showoffs for Shade

Spigelia marilandica – ‘Little Redhead’ Indian Pink

Little Redhead Indian Pink


Spigelia marilandica ‘Little Redhead’, also known as Indian Pink is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, organically rich soils. Tolerant of wet soils. ‘Little Redhead’ produces the best display of flowers under full sun to part shade conditions. Features upright, sturdy stems topped with bright red, tubular flowers with bright yellow interiors. The main bloom period falls in early summer, with some sporadic reblooming possible into fall. Highly attractive to hummingbirds, and makes an excellent cut flower for fresh arrangements.

Mature clumps will reach up to 2.25′ tall and spread to fill a 2′ area. This cultivar is slightly shorter and provides more blooms than the straight species. Indian Pink is a very attractive addition to shade gardens because of its long bloom time combined with bright flowers. In the wild this plant is an uncommon native wildflower that grows in rich, moist woods and along wooded stream banks in the greater southeastern United States.

Latin Name: Spigelia marilandica ‘Little Redhead’
Common Name: Indian pink
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Loganiaceae
Height: 2.00 to 2.25 feet
Spread: 1.75 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June
Bloom Description: Red with yellow interior
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Tolerate: Wet Soil
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)
Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' flowers and foliage

Spigelia marilandica ‘Little Redhead’ flowers and foliage

Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' flowers

Spigelia marilandica ‘Little Redhead’ flowers



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