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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Gentiana alba Muhl. ex Nutt.
Plain gentian, Yellow gentian, Cream gentian
Synonyms: Gentiana flavida
USDA Symbol: GEAL4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2010-09-02
Research By: TWC Staff