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Sabatia kennedyana

Sabatia kennedyana
plymouth rose-gentian
Sabatia kennedyana
Funky twisting bud

Common name plymouth rose-gentian
Family gentianaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers pink (summer)
Size 12-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist soil; tolerates seasonal flooding

Cheerful pale pink ray flowers on slender stems. Not fully hardy here in zone 6, but the flowering plant shown here overwintered just fine in our unheated garage, and bloomed in late July of its second year. The basal leaves are quite unobtrusive, easily missed in a jumble of alpine plants, and even the flower stems, when they start shooting up with their opposite, alternatingly rotating leaves, are easily missed. But the flowers aren't!

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (3w) - 70F with light (5%G, 11-15d). Seedlings did not survive
  2. Same seed as above. Surface-sowed to pot at 70F (no G, 6w)
  3. Seed from HPS/MAG '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (6%G, 13-27d)
  4. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F with light (21/++ G, 15-37d)

Seedlings are tiny and very slow-growing. Difficult to grow on.

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