closed gentian, more...
[Dasystephana grayi (Kusn.) Britton, more]
Etymology: Gentiana: named after Gentius, King of Illyria, who around 500 B.C. found the roots of the herb yellow gentian or bitterwort to have a healing effect on his malaria-stricken troops
Plants: erect, perennial, 12"-28" tall forb
Leaves: mostly stalkless, smooth, light green, opposite
Flowers: white with blue spots, 5-parted, 1"-2" long, tubular-shaped with a small opening at the top, folds with 1 tooth between the petals; inflorescence usually terminal clusters; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Habitat: wet; meadows
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7, Wetland Indicator = OBL Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos