www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Marsh Pink Sabatia stellaris

The Marsh Pink is endemic to the eastern United States.  It is found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Massachusetts south to Florida and west to Louisiana.  It is a native plant in Florida and found throughout most of the state.  Its natural habitat is salt marshes, coastal grasslands, freshwater wetlands and wet pine flatwoods.  This plant has several other common names, including Rose-of-Plymouth, Saltmarsh Sabatia, and Saltmarsh Pink.

It is an annual plant growing to about two feet in height.  The flower stalk has a few linear leaves.  Flowers are produced at the top of the stalk and on numerous side stems near the top.  The flowers are star-shaped, pink or whitish pink with a yellow eye bordered by red. They bloom from spring through the fall.

The upper left and lower right images were taken at the Babcock-Webb WMA in May, 2015.  The upper right image was taken at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in July, 2005.

The distribution maps for the Marsh Pink are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).