A Rose Gentian by any other name would look as neat. Apologies are due to William Shakespeare as the correct quote is “A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet!” from Romeo and Juliet. When you first see a Rose Gentian, you think of the coloring antics of your grandchild as the blossom is decorated with a yellow star sometimes outlined in red and white and always shaded with a delicate pink tone. I couldn’t have created a more colorful drawing but Finley, my four year old artist, could and does on a regular basis. The Rose Gentian (Sabatia stellaris) is found throughout Georgia but is more common in coastal counties with moist, sandy soil.
Blossoming in mid-summer to fall, the Rose Gentian in endangered in many eastern coastal states and rare in Georgia and once you find one, it is unforgettable.