Great Plains fringed gentian, lesser fringed gentian, small fringed gentian
[Anthopogon virgatum Raf., Gentiana barbata var. browniana Froel., Gentiana crinita var. browniana Froel., Gentiana procera Holm, Gentianella crinita subsp. procera (Froel.) G.Don, Gentianella procera (Holm) Hiitonen, Gentianopsis procera (Holm) Ma]
Etymology: Gentianopsis: resembling or having the form of Gentian
Plants: erect, annual/biennial, 12"-32" tall forb, often branched near the top
Leaves: upper leaves long and narrow, less than 1/3" wide
Flowers: blue, 4-parted, 1 1/2"-2" wide, funnel-shaped, long stalked, petals toothed at the ends and fringed at the sides, with no folds between; solitary on long stalks; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Habitat: moist; meadows, shores; in limy, rocky soil
Conservation Status: Native