Pursh, Rose Pink, Rose Gentian

Sabatia angularis

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 ... read more