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Carlton, M. W.
Sabatia campestris Nutt.
Texas star, Rose gentian, Meadow pink, Prairie rose-gentian, Prairie sabatia
USDA Symbol: SACA3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Root Type: Tap Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flowers are usually deep pink but occasionally purplish pink to white.
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 USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
Wildflower meadow, Can be mowed, Garden, Blooms ornamental, Color, Perennial
garden Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation 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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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: DEW, JSC