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Gentiana alba (Plain gentian)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Gentiana alba

Gentiana alba Muhl. ex Nutt.

Plain gentian, Yellow gentian, Cream gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Gentiana flavida

USDA Symbol: GEAL4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Upright stems, 18-30 in. tall, end in a cluster of cream, funnel-shaped flowers, opening slightly at the tips. Bright green, opposite leaves line the stems.

The Gentians are named after King Gentius of ancient Illyria, who is said to have discovered the medicinal value of these plants.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MD , MI , MN , MO , NC , NE , OH , OK , PA , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: PA, s. Ont., MI & Man., s. to n.w. NC & n. AR & KS
Native Habitat: Damp woods; prairies; meadows

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Gentiana alba in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gentiana alba in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2010-09-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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