Indian Pink

IMG_20140525_075742_571  IMG_20140525_075733_090

Bird and wildflower enthusiasts: what native plant has one-sided spikes of brilliant red flowers whose petals are the color of  the male scarlet tanager on the outside and the female  on the inside? Spigelia marilandica of course! This plant, also known as Indian Pink or Pinkroot, is now blooming in wet areas on the Domain. Clumps of Spigelia dot ravines and streambanks in our mesic forests.  A boon to hummingbirds for its nectar, it contains alkaloids and calcium oxylate crystals. Native Americans used it to treat parasites — a cure that was probably as uncomfortable as the disease.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: