Scientific Name: Spigelia marilandrica L.
Family: Loganiaceae (Logania Family)
Common name: Indian Pink
Description: Erect, perennial herb to 28 inches tall; flower scarlet on outside, yellow-green on inside; flowers May-June.
Range and Habitat: Common and scattered throughout South Carolina; in upland forests and woodlands; in the sandhills, coastal plain and maritime strand particularly abundant on calcareous sites.
In Porcher’s time… Pink-root is an indigenous plant that was well-known and efficacious for the treatment of worms.