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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

Spigelia marilandica Propagation: A Review

Winston C. Dunwell

pp: 560-561


Spigelia marilandica, Indian pink, is native to west Kentucky. Infrequent in southern Kentucky (Wharton and Barbour, 1971) it is found as a roadside plant on a range of soil types. Over it's range, Florida into east Texas, southeast Oklahoma, southwest Indiana, northwest Georgia, and east South Carolina it is common (Duncan and Duncan, 1999). The red tubular flowers with five folded lobes showing the yellow interior color are stunning; "stop people dead in their tracks" (Armitage, 1997). An average of 13 (8 to 17 on 68 stems on a 5-year-old division) of the 2 inch (5 cm) upright flowers are found on a one-sided cyme. The glossy ovate, opposite, sessile leaves add to the attractive appearance of the plant. West Kentucky plants grow 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm) tall in sun or shade landscape environments. The bloom period starts in late May and continues through June, occasionally scattered blooms will occur in the fall. Rick Darke (2002) says they will re-bloom heavily if

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