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Sabatia campestris (Texas star)
Carlton, M. W.

Sabatia campestris

Sabatia campestris Nutt.

Texas star, Rose gentian, Meadow pink, Prairie rose-gentian, Prairie sabatia

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: SACA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Texas-star or prairie rose-gentian is a smooth perennial, to 20 in., with slender, widely spaced branches. The 2 in. flower is five-petaled and pink with a yellow center. The showy flowers occur at ends of branches and on long axillary stalks. Opposite leaves clasp the stems.

Texas-star usually forms large colonies by readily self-seeding.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Flower: Petals 5
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flowers are usually deep pink but occasionally purplish pink to white.

Distribution

USA: AR , CT , IA , IL , KS , LA , ME , MO , MS , OK , TX
Native Distribution: IL & KS, s. to MS & e. TX
Native Habitat: Sandy prairies; cedar-oak flats; woodland edges; stream banks

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry or moist, sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam.
Conditions Comments: Sow seed as soon as it is ripe in late summer or early autumn in sand or loam. Best with summer water when blooming. Once started, will self sow and develop into large colonies of pink stars. Meadow pink usually forms large colonies by readily self-seeding.

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Wildflower meadow, Can be mowed, Garden, Blooms ornamental, Color, Perennial garden
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Propagation

Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Plant seeds early in fall and do not cover.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX

Bibliography

Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Sabatia campestris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sabatia campestris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sabatia campestris

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: DEW, JSC

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