PLANT PROFILE

Sabatia stellaris
saltmarsh pink



Sabatia stellaris

Sabatia stellaris
Sabatia stellaris
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Sarracenia purpurea
Common name: saltmarsh pink
Group: dicot
Family: Campanulaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6-20"
Foliage: leaves entire, elliptical, narrowed at the base
Flower: pink flowers, 5 petals, occasionally 6, with a yellow star in the middle, outlined in magenta.
Flowering time: bloom late July to late September; fruit August to October
Habitat: saline or brackish waters of tidal marshes
Range in New Jersey: throughout the coast strip and the Delaware Bay shore
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Sabatia stellaris
Misc.: S. stellaris is sometimes found in white, and occasionally with 6 rather than 5 corolla lobes (petals).

Stone, in 1910, says "This is one of the most abundant and characteristic flowering plants of the salt meadows, and its starry pink blooms with their yellow eye do much to produce that great profusion of color which marks the edge of the marshes toward the end of summer. Their stems and leaves are somewhat inconspicuous, and it sometimes looks as if the pink stars might have been scattered broadcast over the low coarse grass and rushes of the meadows. White flowered plants occur occasionally and starved dwarf individuals are sometimes found."(639)