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Gentiana affinis (Pleated gentian)
Long, Carolyn

Gentiana affinis

Gentiana affinis Griseb.

Pleated Gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Dasystephana affinis, Dasystephana interrupta, Gentiana affinis var. bigelovii, Gentiana affinis var. forwoodii, Gentiana affinis var. major, Gentiana affinis var. ovata, Gentiana affinis var. parvidentata, Gentiana bigelovii, Gentiana forwoodii, Gentiana interrupta, Gentiana oregana, Gentiana rusbyi, Pneumonanthe affinis, Pneumonanthe bigelovii


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

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Rarely white.


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , ND , NM , NV , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: SK

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Moist

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

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

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Gentiana affinis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gentiana affinis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gentiana affinis


Record Modified: 2022-11-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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