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Gentiana sceptrum Griseb.
King's scepter gentian
Synonym(s): Gentiana menziesii, Gentiana sceptrum var. cascadensis, Gentiana sceptrum var. humilis
USDA Symbol: gesc
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The upright stems of this gentian are 1-2 or more ft. tall and occur in clumps. Leaves are opposite. Usually several showy, bright blue, tubular flowers top the stem. The petals are often green-streaked or mottled.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
B.C., s. (w. of the Cascades, especially near the coast) to n.w. CA Native Habitat:
Bogs & wet places
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet or moist soil.
Conditions Comments: Better for lowland gardens than G. calycosa.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| OBL || OBL |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff