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Gentiana parryi (Parry's gentian)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Gentiana parryi

Gentiana parryi Engelm.

Parry's Gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Gentiana calycosa var. asepala, Pneumonanthe parryi


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Usually blue, occasionally white.


Native Distribution: WY to c. ID, s. to NM & e. AZ
Native Habitat: Alpine & subalpine meadows; aspen-conifer communities

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: A sun-loving perennial whose flowers close on cloudy days.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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