A very desirable and not enough cultivated perennial, 40-60 cm tall, with attractive inflorescences of upward facing, trumpet shaped flowers; they are scarlet red on the outside, 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; more than this they open gradually. You can see in the gallery the ‘advanced technology’ used to capture the seeds! Unfortunately, sometimes not too many seeds mature by the time the weather turns cold in this part of Ontario.
Best planted in a part-shaded location of the garden in a rich, moisture retaining substrate. It is hardy to zone 5, but it in this case it will emerge a bit late (mark its spot) and flower in July to August 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). My 3 years old young plant produced its first flowers this year! A well established clump will be long lived.