Indian Pink

Spigelia marilandica

Regular price $15

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Indian Pink or Woodland Pinkroot is a low-growing native plant with red tubular flowers that start opening in late spring to reveal star-shaped yellow centers.

  • Hummingbird favorite
  • Tolerates shade
  • Compact growth


  • 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide
  • Clump-forming habit
  • Leaves and stems die back in the fall and appear again in the spring
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, flowering starts in May and can continue through most of the summer if plants are kept moist and old flowers are removed to produce more blooms.

How to grow

Adaptable, but prefers rich, moist soil that is not too acidic. In the wild Indian Pink grows in shady woods where it tends to have fewer flowers. Giving it some sun will produce more flowers and keep it compact. Plants can also be grown in full sun if the soil stays fairly moist.

Care and maintenance

Keep larger plants and weeds from invading its space. By selecting a good site and preparing the soil, plants will take care of themselves. Protect new growth in spring with chicken wire if rabbits lurk in your garden. 

Where to plant

In groups at the front of flower beds or the edge of a moist woodland garden. Makes an attractive container plant.

When to plant

Spring and the fall (in the South) are the best times. Indian Pink can be planted in the summer if attention is given to keeping plants watered until they get established.


12 to 18 inches apart when planting in a group.

When will my plant flower?

Plants purchased and planted before June should flower their first year.

Native habitat and range

Woodlands and forests, often in circumneutral (nearly neutral pH) soil from southwest North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee west to southern Indiana and Oklahoma and south into Florida.

Source and origin

Plants are propagated from seed collected here at our nursery. The original source of the seed is unknown.

States Cost per order
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $14
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $16
CO, NE, ND, and SD $18


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.

Can I place an order and have it shipped at a later date?

Sorry, all plants are shipped within 8 days of placing an order.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped via UPS Ground with some smaller orders being delivered by USPS Priority Mail.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel my order?

If you cancel an order and the plants have been pulled and prepared for packing and shipping, there is a 15% restocking fee.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.