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botanical name:
Spigelia marilandica 'Wisley Jester'
Spigelia marilandica 'Wisley Jester' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Indian Pink, Pinkroot, Wormgrass
family:  Loganiaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.50m
width: 0.40m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red & yellow
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
description:
Clump forming perennial with erect stems and pointed lance-shaped leaves. Slender tubular, upward-facing, scarlet-red flowers, opening up at the mouth to reveal the contrasting yellow interiors. A good selected form, otherwise similar to the species.

cultivation:
Moist, fertile humus rich soil, preferably in part shade.

propagation:
From seed, although the offspring may be variable, or by division. Also from cuttings, but difficult to root and have low success rate.

usage:
The root has been used medicinally by the native North American indians.

other notes:
Selected by John Woodhead, Hillier Nurseries

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