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Gentiana algida (Whitish gentian)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Gentiana algida

Gentiana algida Pall.

Whitish Gentian, Arctic Gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Gentiana romanzovii, Gentianodes algida

USDA Symbol: GEAL2

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

The Arctic Gentian is a member of the family Gentianaceae. Gentians are leafy herbs, commonly with showy bell- or trumpet-shaped flowers blooming in a branched cluster.
Flowers: radially symmetrical; sepals 4 or 5, free or united; petals 5, united; sta

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: purple blotches


USA: AK , CO , MT , NM , UT , WY

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2010-09-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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