September 15, 2021
Ben here with today's edition of #BenInNature presented by our friends at Carter Bank & Trust!
I spotted a flower the other day that I don't recall seeing before. This is Sabatia angularis, better known as rosepink!
There are about 20 different species in the genus Sabatia, some of which are cultivated as garden ornamentals. This particular species is native to the eastern U.S. and can be found in a variety of habitats, though it seems to prefer wide open areas. I found this one at the edge of a hayfield.
Interestingly, rosepink occasionally has white flowers instead of pink ones, which is known as the albiflora form. This form is much less common, however.
Rosepink is in bloom from July through September, so if you'd like to spot this beautiful flower yourself, there's still a bit of time!
Social distancing can be difficult, but it presents a great opportunity to become reacquainted with nature. In this series of posts, Administrator of Science Ben Williams ventures outdoors to record a snapshot of the unique sights that can be found in the natural world. New updates are posted Monday - Friday, with previous posts highlighted on the weekends. This series of posts is made possible thanks to the support of VMNH Corporate Partner Carter Bank & Trust (www.cbtcares.com).
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