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Shortleaf Rosegentian       Sabatia brevifolia

The Shortleaf Rosegentian is a native wildflower found in pine flatwoods and moist areas throughout most of Florida and the coastal plains of Alabama, Georgia and South Caroline.  Other names for this plant include Narrowleaf Sabatia, White Sabatia and White Marsh-Pink.

This annual herb has smooth stems that can grow to a height of 20 inches or more. The oppositely attached leaves are sessile, that is, they have no stalk and are directly attached to the stem.  These leaves are quite narrow, less than 1/8-inch wide, and can be up to an inch long.

The flowers have five white petals surrounding a greenish-yellow center.  There are five narrow sepals under the petals.  These flowers are about 1-inch wide and bloom from March-September.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County. Additional information on this plant may be found by clicking on the following links:

     Atlas of Florida Plants

     USDA PLANTS Database

     Florida Native Plant Society

     The Institute for Regional Conservation

     Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center