More Information About Sabatia
There are some plants that are surprisingly underused in warm temperate gardens and the genus Sabatia sadly, falls into that group. Sabatia contains about 20 species all native to eastern North America from Nantucket to Florida and west to Texas and Michigan (Hmmm...there once was a Sabatia from Nantucket...I'll have to finish that one later). Sabatia are gentian relatives that produce beautiful, butterfly-attracting, clear-pink, daisy-like flowers with a bright yellow eye during summer.
Sabatia commemorates the Italian botanist Liberato Sabbati who curated a botanical garden in Rome in the early 1700's and wrote an important work for the time, Hortus Romanus. In colonial times, both Native Americans and European colonists used the bitter Sabatia root as a quinine-substitute and tonic for a variety of illnesses.
In the wild, Sabatia species generally live in brackish or fresh-water marshes along the east coast and are some of the most popular wild flowers there. In the garden, a sunny pond, stream, or bog garden is an ideal environment for them. Try combining Sabatia with Hymenocallis, Sarracenia, and Spiranthes to create nice color and texture combinations. When you're ready to buy sabatia for your perennial garden, check out our online offerings of sabatia for sale.