Gentianopsis crinita
(Fringed Gentian)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Fringed Gentian, Greater Fringed Gentian, Blue Gentian
    Synonyms: Anthopogon crinitum, Gentiana crinita, Gentiana ventricosa, Gentianella crinita
      Lifespan: Biennial
      Zones: 3 - 7
      Type: Forb
      Bloom Time: September - November
      Status: Native

    Gentianopsis crinita, or Fringed Gentian, is native to the northeastern quarter of the United States. It is a biennial that grows in wet, sandy areas, like open, sunny areas of swamps, fens, shorelines, and wet prairies and meadows and other similar areas. It blooms late in the season, sometimes being one of the only things left blooming in late fall, as long as there hasn't been a hard frost. It has stunning purple to blue flowers with fringed edges.

    This plant looks similar to some other members of the Gentianopsis genus. More information on other species will be posted later.

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