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Sabatia angularis

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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

Height: 18"-30"

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

Sabatia angularis (rosepink)
  • Sabatia angularis (rosepink)
  • Sabatia angularis (rosepink)
  • Sabatia angularis (rosepink)

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Description

Sabatia angularis

Also known as:

rosepink

,

rose gentian

,

rose-pink

,

rose marsh

,

bitter clover

,

eyebright

,

wild succory

,

bitterbloom

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

For best results, sow freshly collected seed in fall.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Gentianales
Family Gentianaceae Gentian family
Genus Sabatia rose gentian
Species Sabatia angularis rosepink