Pinkroot - Plant

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Indian Pink, Maryland Pink, Pinkroot, Wormgrass
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Wormbush is an anual weed with stem erect, hollow, hairless. Leaves are opposite, with an apical pseudo-whorl of 2 decussate pairs, simple and entire, stipules united, broad-triangular, stalk up to 1 cm long. Leaves are ovate-oblong to ovate-lanceolate, 4-18 cm x 1-6 cm, base obtuse to cuneate, tip long-pointed

Common name: Indian Pink, Maryland Pink, Pinkroot, Wormgrass
Color: pink
Bloom time: May and early June.
Height: 12 to 18 inches
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Prune plant every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material. Wear elbow-length gloves that are thick enough to protect your hands from thorns or a clumsy slip, but flexible enough to allow you to hold your tools. Always wear safety goggles; branches can whip back when released.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 75° to 85°F.

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • An accurate soil test will tell you where your pH currently stands.
  • Acidic (sour) soil is counteracted by applying finely ground limestone, and alkaline (sweet) soil is treated with ground sulfur.


Special Feature:
Flowers are 8-17 mm long, tube 6-15 mm long, lobes equal, triangular, 2-2.5 mm long, lilac to white, or tube white and lobes pale pink, with or without 5 pairs of reddish lines inside. Stamens are inserted just below the middle of the corolla tube, included; ovary superior, globose, glabrous, 2-celled, style slightly exserted.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Unverified information Spigelia anthelmia combats intestinal worms.
  • Both roots and leaves are anthelminthic.
  • In the Americas Spigelia anthelmia is said to be one of the best vermifuges, and is renowned as a medicine against spasmodic and nervous attacks.
  • Roots of Demerara pinkroot have acro narcotic qualities (capable of producing both narcotic and irritant effects).

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.

Reference:
http://www.flowersofindia.net/risearch/search.php?query=Pinkroot+&stpos=0&stype=AND
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