Spigelia marilandica 'Ragin Cajun'
Ragin Cajun Indian Pink
Item #: 8718
Zones: 5a to 9b
Height: 20" tall
Origin: United States
Spigelia marilandica 'Ragin Cajun' is a 2016 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction of a selection we made in 2000 while botanizing near St. Francisville, Louisiana. In the garden, it makes a 20" tall, compact clump topped, starting in mid-May (NC), with flower clusters that are much more orange-red compared to the blood red of the other forms in the trade. Also, Spigelia 'Ragin Cajun' produces nearly 1/3 more flower heads than other forms we've grown, resulting in a denser clump...truly spectacular!
Spigelia marilandica is an extremely low maintenance plant. Really all that is necessary is to cut it to the ground after frost turns it brown in late fall. Though a long-established plant could be divided, Spigelia is not a plant which requires periodic division to rejuvenate older plants. Left to its own devices, and with decent growing conditions, it should improve every year; each year bringing more stems and thus more flowers. Spigelia marilandica also stays put, it never needs to be reigned in since it doesn't travel anywhere.
Spigelia marilandica is most often encountered as a woodland plant, though like many shade tolerant plants it will also thrive in full sun where it will grow stronger and bloom more. So it is a superb plant for either light shade or full sun. It will grow well in average soils that range from dry to moist.
Spigelia marilandica is very showy in bloom and its floral display is the reason to grow it. Its foliage is tidy, though not terribly interesting. The floral tube is a bright clear red and the petals are bright yellow where they divide and reflex open at the throat of the floral tube. The effect is yellow stars against a red background, one that attracts hummingbirds.
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Spring
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