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Sabatia angularis (Rosepink)
Cressler, Alan

Sabatia angularis

Sabatia angularis (L.) Pursh

Rosepink, Rose-pink

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Rose-pink is an erect annual, usually 18-30 inches tall with many branches from the bottom to the top, but especially on the upper half. Stems are 4-angled and winged on the edges. Leaves are opposite, 1 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide, attached directly to the stem. The starlike flowers, one at the end of each stem, are about 1 inch across, pink or rose-colored, and have a yellowish eye with 5 points, all bordered by a red line. They have 5 lobes that are joined so near the base that they appear to be separate. The 5 sepals are united, 3/4 inch long, forming a slender tube. The 5 stamens have yellow anthers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Flower: Flowers 1 inch across. Petals 5

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Pink or rose-colored, sometimes white, with a yellowish eye often bordered by a red line.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: S. Ont., s. MI & WI, s. to n. FL, TX & extreme s.e. KS
Native Habitat: Moist, open woods; sand or peat thickets

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, sandy or peaty soils.


Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-24
Research By: TWC Staff

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