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Indian Pink, Woodland Pinkroot, Worm grass - Spigelia marilandica


Family: Loganiaceae - Logania family Genus Common Name: Pinkroot Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Spigelia marilandica - Indian Pink, Woodland Pinkroot, Worm grass. Indian Pink is an attractive plant, and by the color and shape of the flower, you could guess correctly that it is popular with hummingbirds. It has a number of medicinal properties, and is said to be an effective anti-worming agent (thus the Worm Grass name, presumably.) However, as with many plants used for medicinal purposes, it can be toxic and deadly if ingested improperly.

Found in:
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

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Spigelia marilandica

Distribution of Spigelia marilandica in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Lookout Mountain, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2011-May-17Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The flower is composed of a red corolla tube which flares open with 5 narrow, pointed, greenish-yellow lobes.
Spigelia marilandica

Site: Big Frog Trail, Polk County, TN Date: 2004-May-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Sony Cybershot
Fire Pink usually has a cluster of several flowers held on a single side of the stem. The cluster terminates the single stem of the plant. The flower is composed of a red corolla tube which flares open with 5 narrow, pointed, greenish-yellow lobes.
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Spigelia marilandica

Site: Big Frog Trail, Polk County, TN Date: 2004-May-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Indian Pink is an unbranched plant with opposite leaves. It is rarely taller than about 30 inches. The leaves have sharply pointed tips and are much broader at the base.
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Spigelia marilandica

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2005-May-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Minolta Dimage Z2
Indian Pink is found in moist, open forests either singly or in colonies of many plants.
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Spigelia marilandica

Site: Lookout Mountain, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2011-May-17Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Colony of Indian Pink
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Spigelia marilandica

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