Sabatia stellaris Pursh
Rose Of Plymouth, Saltmarsh Sabatia
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Synonym(s): Sabatia maculata, Sabatia palmeri, Sabatia purpusii, Sabatia simulata
USDA Symbol: SAST5
Wheel-shaped, pink flowers with yellowish, star-shaped centers edged with red are at the ends of the branching stems.
This showy annual or biennial salt marsh species is easily recognized by its yellow center. Two other marsh species are the Slender Marsh Pink (S. campanulata), found on damp sands and peat in the coastal plain from Massachusetts south to Florida and Louisiana and in the southern Appalachians, with linear leaves and sepals, and the latter as long as the petals; and the Large Marsh Pink (S. dodecandra), which grows from 1-2' (30-60 cm) high and has flowers 1 2/2-2 1/2" (3.8-6.3 cm) wide. It occurs along the coast from Connecticut to Florida and Louisiana. A more southern and midwestern species, Rose Pink (S. angularis), has a 4-angled stem and numerous, opposite, flowering branches.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , RI , SC , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal; se. Massachusetts south to Florida; west to Alabama and Louisiana.
Native Habitat: Saline or brackish marshes and meadows.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sabatia stellaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sabatia stellaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sabatia stellaris
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-03-19
Research By: TWC Staff