Gentiana parryi Engelm.
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Synonym(s): Gentiana calycosa var. asepala, Pneumonanthe parryi
USDA Symbol: GEPA
Parry’s gentian has one to four deep-blue, funnel-shaped flowers occuring in a terminal raceme on each of the one to several, 4-16 in. stems. The perennial’s succulent-like, oval to linear leaves are covered with a whitish bloom.
This is a sun-loving perennial whose flowers close on cloudy days.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Usually blue, occasionally white.
DistributionUSA: CO , UT , WY
Native Distribution: WY to c. ID, s. to NM & e. AZ
Native Habitat: Alpine & subalpine meadows; aspen-conifer communities
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: A sun-loving perennial whose flowers close on cloudy days.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Gentiana parryi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gentiana parryi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gentiana parryi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-13
Research By: TWC Staff