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Sabatia brevifolia (Shortleaf rose gentian)
Tauscher, Joseph Allan

Sabatia brevifolia

Sabatia brevifolia Raf.

Shortleaf Rose Gentian, Shortleaf Rose-gentian, Narrowleaf Sabatia, White Marsh-pink, White Sabatia

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Sabatia elliottii, Sabatia paniculata

USDA Symbol: SABR10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The round, branching stems of these slender annuals are 8-30 in. tall. The star-like flowers are composed of five white petals, each with a pointed tip.

Narrowleaf Sabatia is a member of the gentian family (family Gentianaceae). Gentians are leafy herbs, commonly with showy bell- or trumpet-shaped flowers blooming in a branched cluster. There are about 70 genera and 1,100 species that occur in many different habitats in temperate and subtropical regions. Some Gentians are cultivated as ornamentals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , FL , GA , SC
Native Distribution: S.e. SC to FL & s.w. AL
Native Habitat: Savannas; wet pinelands; sandy uplands

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist to drier, sandy soils.


Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW
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.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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