Gentiana alba Muhl. ex Nutt.
Plain Gentian, Yellow Gentian, Cream Gentian
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Synonym(s): Gentiana flavida
USDA Symbol: GEAL4
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MD , MI , MN , MO , NC , NE , OH , OK , PA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: PA, s. Ont., MI & Man., s. to n.w. NC & n. AR & KS
Native Habitat: Damp woods; prairies; meadows
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Gentiana alba in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gentiana alba in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gentiana alba
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-09-02
Research By: TWC Staff