Slender Rose Gentian - Slender Marsh Pink
Sabatia campanulata (Linnaeus) Torrey
Gentinaceae (Gentian) Family
Plant is an upright perennial to two feet tall from a short, much-branched underground stem. Preferred habitat is brackish marshes, swales, edge of sloughs, pond margins and wet grasslands. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are linear to narrowly lance-like; widest at the middle and almost always alternate on the stem.
Flowers are in a terminal cluster at the end of new growth stems. Calyx is united at the base; lobes are linear to almost filiform and usually about two-thirds as long as the corolla. Flowers are occasionally pink but most often are presented in white. Flowers occur in late spring and early summer.
Fruit is a capsule.