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-pointedCommon name:
Indian Pink, Maryland Pink, Pinkroot, WormgrassColor:
May and early June.Height:
12 to 18 inchesDifficulty level:
easy to growPlanting & 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 ShadeSoil:
75° to 85°F.Fertilizer:
Apply any organic fertilizerCare:
- 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.
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.UseMedicinal 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).
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use. Reference: