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Sabatia angularis (L.) Pursh
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
USDA Symbol: SAAN
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Flower: Flowers 1 inch across. Petals 5
Bloom InformationBloom 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.
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, sandy or peaty soils.
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sabatia angularis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sabatia angularis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sabatia angularis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-24
Research By: TWC Staff