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Gentianopsis virgata (Lesser fringed gentian)
Bengston, Bennie

Gentianopsis virgata

Gentianopsis virgata (Raf.) Holub

Lesser Fringed Gentian, Smaller Fringed Gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)


USDA Symbol: GEVI6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Gentianopsis virgata is similar to G. crinita but has narrow leaves, a shorter fringe, and is only 6-18 inches (15-45 cm) high. It occurs in boggy, Midwestern prairies and limy areas.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: IA , IL , IN , MI , MN , ND , NY , OH , PA , SD , WI
Canada: MB , ON

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 26 - Minnesota Wildflowers: a field guide to the flora of Minnesota (2009)
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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