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Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' (woodland pinkroot) Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' (woodland pinkroot)
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Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead'

woodland pinkroot

An underutilized native gem, woodland pinkroot is perfect in the garden. An absolute hummingbird-magnet, 'Little Redhead' is an improvement on the species with a profuse flower display beginning in June. Tubular red flowers with yellow lips erupt forth in early summer with sporadic rebloom through the growing season. Vegetatively propagated, 'Little Redhead' is uniform, withstands full sun, and is much easier to grow than the straight species. 

SIZE
Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

24-30 Inches

Spread

18-24 Inches

Spacing

24 Inches

Bloom Color

Red

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

woodland pinkroot Interesting Notes

Indian pink is a long-lived perennial that brings stunning color to the summer garden. Vivid red tubular flowers borne in terminal clusters open to expose a chartreuse yellow interior, reminiscent of a firecracker exploding. This perennial produces its primary display in early summer and flowers sporadically through the remainder of the growing season. It can grow to nearly 2’ tall and wide. IWoodland pinkroot is an adaptable species, but does prefer neutral, well-drained soils to develop its best displays. The bright flowers attract hummingbirds and brighten the woodland edge or perennial border. Spigelia marilandica combines well with Dryopteris intermediaChrysogonum virginianumLilium superbum, and Aquilegia canadensis. - Mt. Cuba Center

If this isn't the region's most beautiful native, then I don't know who is...any votes for Elvis or Dolly? This exquisite woodland perennial makes a dainty-looking 12" wide clump of 2' tall stalks clothed with nondescript green foliage. In late spring, Spigelia marilandica clumps are topped with dozens of stalks of spectacular up-facing, bright red, tubular flowers with a dramatically contrasting, yellow center...a hummingbird favorite. Spigelia marilandica, which improves with age, is a true garden show-stopper! We have found that it grows equally well in full sun or light shade, as well as in very moist or bone-dry soils. - Plant Delights Nursery

Although called woodland pinkroot, this plant, Spigelia marilandica, actually has tubular flowers that are bright crimson with a bright yellow lining. It is under-used by hummingbird gardeners but is an excellent plant for a yard with tall established trees that cast light shade beneath them. Woodland pinkroot comes up quite late in the spring, so mark the planting spot to avoid accidentally over-planting it. It is a low-growing plant the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds find easily as they scout the landscape for food sources. - Operation RubyThroat

Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun to part shade in rich soil with high organic content. A very hardy plant, though it is best planted by the end of July for reliable success in gardens and containers. Prefers not to be transplanted once established.

This genus requires good drainage to thrive, so do not plant in areas with standing water.

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woodland pinkroot Spigelia marilandica

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Hummingbird-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Summer
Summer

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Woodland
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Attributes
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Vegetative