- Common Name(s):
- Indian pink, pinkroot
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Erect, rarely branched, perennial herb. It is drought tolerant. Blooms that appear in June attract hummingbirds. Source of strychnine poison.
Indian Pink is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 2 to 3 feet tall. The leaves are opposite with an entire margin. Red and yellow flowers first appear in late spring.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Late Spring to Summer; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Late Summer
Wildlife Value: Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.
- Spring to early summer
- 2-3 ft.
- Four to seven pairs of 2 to 4 in. sessile, opposite, ovate or entire leaves leaves opposite
- Cluster of terminal on one side of the stem, 2 to 12 vivid red tubular flowers with yellow interior; tips of the five pointed petals flare slightly backwards; stamens and style project beyond the petals; fruit a capsule
- Rich, moist woods and thickets. Average, medium, to well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Grows best with moist, organically rich soils.
- Partial shade to full shade
- Not known as a native plant of NC
- Poison Part:
- All parts
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Dim vision, vomiting, dilated pupils, twitching of face, culvulsions
- Toxic Principle:
- Alkaloid spigiline
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
- Found in:
- Forest or natural area; landscape as cultivated herbaceous perennial
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 1172