Indian PinkSpigelia marilandica
Other Names: Indian Pink, Maryland Pink, Pinkroot, Wormgrass, American
Wormgrass, American Wormroot, Starbloom
Habitat: (Spigelia marilandica) Southeastern N. American native perennial herb, found
in rich woods from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas and Wisconsin, primarily in the
Southern States. Indian Pink is fast disappearing, due to over harvesting. Cultivation: a
very ornamental plant, Indian Pink succeeds in most fertile soils in semi-shade,
transplant root cuttings in rich well drained soil. The leaves are pointed, stemless,
alternate and opposite growing from 2 to 4 inches long, and up to 3 inches wide. The showy
flowers are tube-shaped, bright scarlet red outside, opening into a bright yellow 5
pointed star, flowers bloom from May to July atop a smooth simple erect stem from 6 inches
to 2 feet high. The roots are rhizome, knotty and dark-brown externally, with many thin,
long, wiry rootlets attached to it, marked with scars of the stems of former years,
internally the rhizome is whitish, with a darkbrown pith. Collect rootstock, after the
flowers fade. The root is best used when fresh but can be harvested in the autumn then
dried for herb use.
Properties: Pink Root, was being used medicinally by the Native Americans long before
America was even discovered. Long used as an alternative medicine its proven medicinal
constituents are Spigeline, Lignin, tannin, albumen, and myricin. Some of these are
showing promise as antiHIV, anticancer and anticoronary. Other medicinal properties
include antibacterial, antidiarrheic, antioxidant, antiviral, anthelmintic, and laxative.
It is most popular as an anthelmintic and is most potent for tapeworm and for the round
worm. It is a safe and efficient drug, if administered in proper doses and always followed
by a saline aperient, such as magnesium sulphate. Otherwise unpleasant and serious side
effects may occur. Said to be narcotic in large doses, causing increased heart action,
dizziness, vertigo, disturbed vision, muscular spasms, convulsions and possibly death.
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Folklore: Used by the Cherokee and other American Indians tribes as a ritual and
ceremonial herb to induce visions and foretell the future. Also used as poison in some
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Use with caution.
Medicinal tea for anthelmintic: To 1/2 OZ. of fresh or dried herb add 1 pint of boiling
water, let cool. Dose for children, 1 tablespoonful, night and morning, for adults, a
teacupful. Always to be followed by a saline aperient such as magnesium sulphate otherwise
unpleasant side effects will develop.