Marvelous Marsh Pink

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Marsh pink is one the common names of Sabatia stellaris, one of the wonderful wildflowers that we saw today at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on a walk led by Ken Gonyo.  Sea pink and salt marsh pink are other common names for this member of the Gentian family (Gentianaceae).

Note the distinctive yellow star outlined in red in the center of this five-petaled flower.  The color of the flowers vary from nearly white to pink to lavender. Flowers last for a few days.

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This annual spring wildflower has linear leaves that grow to be up to two feet tall. It usually is a plant of moist places, “marshes”, and has been seen on the mosquito control impoundment dikes at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and Round Island Park.

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