Family, Gentian. Color, pink, occasionally white. Calyx, 5-parted, its lobes linear, awl-shaped, not as long as the corolla. Corolla, 5-parted, wheel-shaped. Stamens, 5. Leaves, opposite, entire, narrow, long, the lower broader than those above. 6 to 24, but usually not over 8, inches high. July to September.
An exquisite flower found in salt marshes. A large, open corolla with a yellow center, looks you squarely in the face. Where not plucked to extermination these sea pinks grow generously in their habitats, forming masses of pink color.
Sea pink (Sabatia gracilis)
S. gracilis is scarcely to be distinguished from the last, except that the calyx-lobes are equal to the lobes of the corolla in length. Both leaves and stem are more slender, the lowest leaves being linear, those on the branches nearly filiform. May to August.
In salt or brackish marshes, Nantucket to Florida, westward to Louisiana. (See illustration, p. 283.)