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Swertia perennis (Felwort)
Weyand, Phyllis

Swertia perennis

Swertia perennis L.

Felwort, Star Gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Swertia perennis var. obtusa


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

Several erect stems, with most leaves at base, and star-like, pale bluish-purple flowers with greenish or white spots in an open, branched, but narrow cluster at the top.

The genus is named for E. Sweert, a 16th-century Dutch gardener and author.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Alaska to the southern Sierra Nevada of California; east to New Mexico; north through the Rocky Mountains to Canada.
Native Habitat: Meadows and moist places at high mountain elevations.

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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