Large Marsh Pink:
An Astonishing Flash of Pink

By William T. Hathaway
Large Marsh Pink (Sabatia dodecandra)

Slowly traveling along through marshy areas, for mile after mile, the green sedge/grass view became somewhat boring. All of a sudden, there was an awakening splendor; the Large Marsh Pink laid waste to the green monotony. It was hard to believe that such an individual member of the Gentian family managed to thrive (so cut-off) from its usual companion species.

That day in August 1972 in the Green Swamp area of Brunswick County, North Carolina, my eyes beheld an astonishing flash of pink, defying mansions of green.

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