Gentianella amarella (L.) Börner
Autumn Dwarf Gentian, Northern Gentian
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
USDA Symbol: GEAM3
A leafy plant with angled, erect stems, commonly with erect branches, and small, trumpet-shaped, purplish, bluish, or pinkish flowers from near base to top.
This is one of the smaller, less showy gentians, but it often grows in dense, colorful patches. The genus name means "little gentian," reflecting its relationship to Gentiana, a genus within which it was once included.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Lavender, white or yellow.
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , ME , MN , MT , ND , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , NB , NS
Native Distribution: Alaska south and east across much of Canada to Atlantic Coast and northeastern United States, and south to California, Arizona, New Mexico, and North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Meadows and moist areas, mostly in mountains.
National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Gentianella amarella in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gentianella amarella in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gentianella amarella
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-04-04
Research By: TWC Staff