Spergularia rubra

Family (Traditional)Caryophyllaceae
Species:Spergularia rubra (L.) J. Presl & C. Presl
Common NameRed Sandspurry; Purple Sandspurry
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: Asia; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Leaf Arrangement: opposite; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Pink; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 8; Ovules per Carpel: 13+; Perianth Present: Yes; Placentation Type: Free Central; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 6; Stamen Number: 7; Stamen Number: 8; Stamen Number: 9; Stamen Number: 10
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; AGCP (UPL), EMP (FACU) (NWPL); KY[SNA] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)

** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Arenaria rubra Arenaria rubra
Spergularia rubra var. campestris Spergularia rubra var. campestris (Willk.) Batt.
Spergularia rubra var. perennans Spergularia rubra var. perennans B.L.Rob.
Tissa rubra Tissa rubra (J.Presl & C.Presl) Britton

Specimens and Distribution

No specimens exist for this species.

Plant Photos

Spergularia rubra - Tara Littlefield
Spergularia rubra - Tara Littlefield