Product Description:

Spigelia marilandica This previously unsung native is enjoying an outpouring of attention from the most discriminating of gardeners. The extremely adaptable plants thrive in a variety of exposures from full sun to shade and are found across the eastern US in woodlands, stream banks and forest margins. Little Redhead’s striking, upward-facing, tubular blooms are a stunning color combination of dark scarlet with bright yellow throats. Beckoning attention, not the least of which is from hummingbirds, these mounding plants reach 24-30 inches tall and wide with dark green foliage and their main flower display in early summer with scattered blooms until fall. An exceptional landscape plant and cut flower that prefers well-drained, organically rich soil. Hardy in zones 5-9.

Spigelia plants are shipped in 4 inch pots in September. Detailed planting information and growing instructions are included with each order, and may be obtained below. Available only within the contiguous US.
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Hardiness Zone 5-9

Initial Instructions
After unpacking, allow the plant a few days to gradually acclimate to full exposure. Select a location in full sun to shade with well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. Keep in mind that stronger light will mean more profuse flowers. If you have heavy, clay soil, we recommend amending it with compost to improve the drainage and add organic matter. If you choose to keep your plant in a container, up-pot to a 1-2 gallon pot and use a good quality potting mixture.

Little Redhead thrives in containers and directly in the landscape. This native plant can be found naturally on creeksides, woodlands and woodland margins and is very adaptable. Water regularly to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Fertilize with a well-balanced fertilizer in early spring when new growth appears. For containerized plants, increase the pot size as the plant grows. It’s best to transplant or up-pot the plants in early spring or when they are dormant in fall/winter. The plants will die back to the ground after the first hard frost and re-emerge in spring.

Size at Maturity
24-30 inches tall and wide.

Pests & Diseases
Spigelia is not generally bothered by pests or diseases.

Soil Type
Well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter.

Light Requirements
Full sun to shade.