Spigelia marilandica - Linnaeus
Loganiaceae (Jessamine) Family
Plant is an upright, smooth perennial. Preferred habitat is rich woods and moist roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite; consisting of one whole part, short stalks, oval to lance-like; no teeth and no lobes; tapering to the tip with sides less than equal or forming an angle to the left, tapering and pinched. Leaf base is rounded or wedge-shaped.
Flowers are helicoid clusters (coiled); bisexual; symmetrical; five sepals; corolla is five lobed; funnel-shaped; scarlet red outside and yellow inside; five stamens. Flowers occur in the spring and early summer.
Fruit is a capsule.
This plant does very well in the domestic landscape. It blooms from the bottom upward and the flowering season can be prolonged by removing the withered flowers.