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Sabatia angularis

Family: Gentianaceae (jen-shun-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sabatia (sa-BAY-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: angularis (ang-yoo-LAIR-iss) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
3 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive atcps On Jul 8, 2014, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

It grows wild on a huge eastern facing slope in acidic soil. The soil is rocky and has a lot of clay and iron in it. The area is somewhat open with some oaks, cherries, hickories, tulip poplars, and sweet gum trees dotting the hillside without blocking all of the sun.

This is a beautiful wildflower with beginning bloom in late June to July. The pink flowers really help to enhance the wildflower experience when paired with rudbeckias and Queen Anne's Lace (also blooming at this time).

Positive nativelyeager On Jan 20, 2014, nativelyeager from Brooksville, FL wrote:

This Sabatia species (and maybe all?) is native to the USA -- that Dave's Garden does not show nativity for each plant discussed, is a disappointment. In FL, it's documented in number of panhandle counties, but it's probably safe to say it's native to more than the USF plant atlas shows. Like all Sabatias, the blooms are gorgeous and make a lovely addition to any garden (all Sabatia natives prefer more wettish spots), but most encouraged for those having any interest in promoting native plant diversity.

Positive milliefrances On Jul 30, 2013, milliefrances from Woodfin, NC wrote:

Found some, mostly pink but a few white, growing along an abandoned development roadside in Asheville, NC. Beautiful, and an unusual color to be blooming in late July here in the mountains. Hope to grow some from the seed.

Neutral bcbeejay On Dec 13, 2012, bcbeejay from Nanaimo
Canada wrote:

Rose Gentian (Sabatia angularis) has been seen and photographed at Indiana Dunes State Park, Summer 2012.

Neutral jld01 On Oct 15, 2009, jld01 from Beaufort, MO wrote:

I have 5 acres and normally have a small area where Rose Gentian grows. The last two years we have had above normal rain fall and the Rose Gentian now is prolific over most of the 5 acres. Our normal rain fall is 32 in.

Positive trois On Apr 25, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

We have several hundred of these blooming at this time. These are a wild flower here.

We always look forward to their bloom. Very vivid pink.

Neutral naturejohn On Sep 14, 2004, naturejohn from Ruther Glen, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Sabatia angularis is a true biennial. It flowers form late June (south) to late Aug.(north) where upon it promptly dies. It's morphology resembles that of it's close cousin Gentianopsis crinita. The structure and makeup of both species is strikingly similar, making the flowers just about the only disimularity. As for cultivation, the plants has a 'wild habitat' adaptational behavior, meaning that it may be 'wild' growing exclusive. The species seems to have a preference for 'poorer' type soil and is a 'drylander' although I've seen it growing in damper swales and even near wet habitats.
I'm in the process of trying to establish the plant on my property on basic natural clearings where other wild flowering species grow. I am going to try and artificially prop some seed this winter to see how successful this species can be grown under human cultivation. I will print the results of my 'trail' later on this page. John Hummer


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Houston, Alabama
Little Rock, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Benton, Kentucky
Hagerhill, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Beaufort, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Oak Ridge, Missouri
Asheville, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Benton, Tennessee
Indian Mound, Tennessee
Santa Fe, Texas

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