Common Name of Genus: Fringed Gentian
Entry Author: J.
Rogers and C. Westring
Description: A branched annual or biennial herb
Leaves: Simple, lanceolate leaves waxy green color
Flowers: One single, blue, tubular flower for every stalk with four petals with lightly fringed edges. The flowers open in the sun and close in the shade or dark.
Seeds: A spindle-shaped capsule with a slender beak producing many seeds. The seeds bear numerous tiny projections which make them easily dispersed by the wind.
Branching Pattern: Straight upwardly sprouting stalk. Opposite arrangement of leaves
Height: 30-90 cm
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest: Wet thickets and meadows
Range: Much of Eastern US. west to Indian and Ohio from Maine to Georgia
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide: No endangered or threatened status as of yet although it is becoming more rare.
Connecticut Wildflowers. November 13, 2005. Connecticut Botanical Society. Accessed: January 20, 2006. <http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/gentianopsiscrin.html>
Peterson, Roger Tory, and Margaret McKenny. Peterson Field Guides: A field guide to Wildflowers of
Northeastern and Northcentral North America. New York: Houghton
Mifflin Co., 1968.
This page was created by: J. Rogers,
Northampton Community College and C. Westring, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 01/20/06