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Gentiana decora (Showy gentian)
Cressler, Alan

Gentiana decora

Gentiana decora Pollard

Showy Gentian, Appalachian Gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Dasystephana decora

USDA Symbol: GEDE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: To about 2 feet in height.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowers may be blue, purple, violet, white or white with blue, purple or violet stripes.


USA: GA , KY , NC , SC , TN , VA , WV

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-11-07
Research By: JAM, SCB

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