Marsh-pink (Sabatia grandiflora)
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Also known as largeflower rosegentian, marsh-pink is a beautiful herbaceous wildflower found in moist, open areas throughout Florida. Its showy blooms are comprised of five bright pink petals. The base of each petal is yellow with a red outline; they come together to form a star in the center of the bloom. The stigma is also yellow and prominent; it twists and protrudes from an obvious green ovary. Leaves are linear to filiform and oppositely arranged.
Marsh-pink occurs naturally in mesic pine flatwoods and wet prairies, as well as along margins of freshwater marshes. It is a summer bloomer in northern Florida, but can bloom year-round in southern Florida.
Marsh-pink is almost endemic, occurring in only one county in Alabama outside of the state of Florida.
Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Native range: Peninsula and some Panhandle counties
To see where natural populations of marsh-pink have been vouchered, visit www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu.
Soil: Damp to wet, rich soil
Exposure: Full sun
Growth habit: 1-3’ tall
Garden tips: Marsh-pink is not widely cultivated as it does not tolerate root disturbance. It does, however, produce an abundance of seeds that are easily sown.