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Indian Pink is a herbaceous perennial plant that is native to the southeastern U.S. It grows in wooded areas in the spring to a height of about 2 feet. The leaves are opposite. In May, spectacular flowers appear. The tubular upright flowers are bright red with a yellow center with 5 points. The plant is somewhat poisonous. Indian Pink is fairly easy to grow in gardens. An alternate common name is "Pinkroot". The roots, which contain alkaloids, were formerly used for medicinal purposes. Indian Pink can occasionally be spotted on local hiking trails like the Huntsville Land Trust Alms Trail.