Great Plains fringed gentian, lesser fringed gentian, small fringed gentian
[Anthopogon virgatum Raf., more...]
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
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, 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 USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"