Plant types and subtypes: Biennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Bloom Color: pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, colonizing, cottage garden plant, deer resistant, fragrant flowers, naturalizing
Pricing & Availability
Sabatia angularisAlso known as:
Like many biennial wildflowers, Sabatia angularis is a prolific bloomer. During their first year, plants will develop a dense basal rosette, that will produce multiple, branched, 1 1/2' to 2 1/2' tall stems the second year. It forms dense clusters of individual pink flowers that are 1" to 1 1/2" across. They have a distinctive, well defined lime-green star in their center, surrounded by 5 rounded petals. The flowers are fragrant, close at night. In fall, they give way to 1/3" rounded capsules containing a multitude of tiny seeds that are easily dispersed.
Rosepink is very easy to grow, and will adapt to poor or rich soil alike. It prefers a moist environment in full to part-sun, but will also perform well in poorly drained, or rocky and sandy conditions. It really is hard to go wrong with this species. As a biennial, it completes its life cycle in 2 years, however, its ability to self seed allows it to establish a perennial presence in a flower garden. The plants are shallow-rooted, so they are easy to move around in the garden in fall of their first year, or early spring of their second. A great filler plant. It will also naturalize in a wild garden setting, or in open prairies, meadows, and marshes. The blooming period is long, lasting 2 months or more, and occurring mid-summer through early fall. Zones 5-9
For best results, sow freshly collected seed in fall.
Sabatia angularis is a member of the Gentian family. It is a source of nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies, and appears to be unpalatable to browsing mammals. The specific epithet angularis, refers to the 4-angled, winged stems. Rosepink is an exceptional, underutilized plant, that deserves more widespread use. It is an excellent native alternative to the exotic annuals and biennial commonly sold in the nursery trade.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: NY
- Threatened: MI