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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Rooting Pinkroot… Then Keeping Them Alive

Richard E. Bir and H. William Barnes

pp: 372-373

Spigelia marilandica, family Loganiaceae, also known as pinkroot, Indian pink and wormgrass, is native to moist woodlands of the southeastern United States. It is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial with abundant flowers from June into September. Plants range from 12 to 24 inches tall with tubular flowers carmine-red on the outside and yellow on the interior which are displayed above medium green foliage. Because of its attractiveness, pinkroot is a desirable ornamental plant for woodland gardens in hardiness Zones 7 to 9 and partially sunny, moist borders in hardiness Zones 5 and 6. In addition to its ornamental characteristics, pinkroot has also been reported as valuable for folk remedies as well as being listed as a poisonous plant.

Propagation has most often been carried out by division because seeds have been difficult to obtain, principally due to both the small seeds being propelled away from the plant through a natural dispersal system as soon as they become ripe and the need

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