A very desirable and not enough cultivated perennial, 40-60 cm tall, with attractive inflorescences of upward facing, trumpet shaped flowers; scarlet red on the outside but with 5 spreading lobes that show the yellow inside. A real magnet for the hummingbirds – considered by some their favourite plant for this purpose and a true hummingbird heaven!
I am very happy to have seeds of the Indian pink – thanks to a benefactor :) Even when it sets seeds it is not easy to collect them because the capsules have an explosive opening. You can see in the gallery the ‘advanced technology’ used to capture the seeds! Unfortunately not too many matured by the time the weather turned cold.
It can be planted in any part-shaded location of the garden; it prefers a rich, moist substrate. It is hardy to zone 5, but it in this case it may emerge a bit late and flower in July to August (or September) instead of its usual June flowering time. It has a long blooming period as the flowers open from the bottom up and a full grown clump can be quite impressive. An extract of the Indian pink roots was used by Native Americans to eliminate parasitic worms (vermifuge).
Germination: sown in the fall or spring after cold-moist treatment (2-3 months).