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Gentianopsis crinita

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Plant types and subtypes: Biennials, Annuals

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, loam, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: September, October, November

Bloom Color: violet, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: colonizing, cottage garden plant, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant

Gentianopsis crinita (greater fringed gentian)
  • Gentianopsis crinita (greater fringed gentian)
  • Gentianopsis crinita (greater fringed gentian)
  • Gentianopsis crinita (greater fringed gentian)
  • Gentianopsis crinita (greater fringed gentian)

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Description

Gentianopsis crinita

Also known as:

greater fringed gentian

,

fringed gentian

Scientific Synonyms:

Anthopogon crinitum, Gentiana crinita, Gentiana ventricosa, Gentianella crinita

Description

the greater fringed gentian is a stunningly beautiful flower. It grows up to 3', is often stemmed and bears vivid blue, to violet, delicately fringed terminal flowers.

Cultivation

Gentianopsis crinita can tolerate part-shade, but requires a minimum of direct sun to open. It is so light sensitive, that flowers might remain closed on overcast days. It is found naturalized in moist open meadows, water margins, and at the edge of open woods. This species sometimes grows as an annual (its entire life cycle is completed in one year), sometimes a biennial (the life cycle is completed in two years. in this case, it will only produce flowers the second year after germination). However, it self seed readily enough that it can be used as if it were a perennial. It can be a stunning addition to a cottage garden where it will provide vivid colors late in the season, when very little else is in bloom. Flowers from September until November frosts. Zones 3-6

Propagation

Propagate from seed. Collected seeds should not be allowed to dry out before sowing.

Additional Notes

Native populations have become increasingly rare. Specimens should not be collected from the wild.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD, NC
  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Special Concern: NC
  • Threatened: GA, NH, RI

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Gentianales
Family Gentianaceae Gentian family
Genus Gentianopsis fringed gentian
Species Gentianopsis crinita greater fringed gentian