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Sabatia dodecandra (Marsh rose gentian)
Cressler, Alan

Sabatia dodecandra

Sabatia dodecandra (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

Marsh Rose Gentian, Marsch Rose-gentian, Large Marsh Pink

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A slender perennial to 2 1/2 ft. high with opposite, lance-shaped leaves. Large, bright-pink, 8-12 petaled flowers, about 3 in. broad, terminate numerous slender branches.

Sabatia dodecandra var. dodecandra, occuring in brackish places, ranges from Florida to Connecticut. Sabatia dodecandra var. foliosa occurs from Texas to South Carolina, near fresh water.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , NC , NJ , NY , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from s.e. TX to FL, n. to NJ
Native Habitat: Saline, brackish, or rarely, freshwater marshes and meadows

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet to moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Var. dodecandra, occuring in brackish places, ranges from FL to CT. Var. foliosa occurs from TX to SC near fresh water.


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2014-08-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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