Sabbatia stellaris Pursh
The delicate star-shaped flowers of marsh rosegentian are distrib-
uted plentifully in salt marshes along the Atlantic coast, and acres of
the flowers may be seen in favored places in midsummer. The color
varies from white to deep pink. The contrast between the color
of the petals and the carmine-bordered yellow eye is most pleasing.
Many other Sabbatias grow in the eastern half of the United States,
especially southward. Some of them have even larger and brighter
flowers than the saltmarsh rosegentian. The Sabbatias belong to the
Because of its preference for salt, this plant does not extend in-
land, but it spreads along the coast from Florida to Louisiana and
Maine. The flowers sketched were found near Bridgeport, Connecti-
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