Fringed gentian, still in the act of opening. Think I might have been a couple or three days early for the grand finale but this was good enough. At least 100 plants in a small area so that was very good to see. I managed to set a personal sticktight record but it was worth it. Deep Hollow holds many, many fascinating plants and is an undiscovered jewel –which I am quite content to keep to myself.
Gentianopsis crinita or Greater Fringed Gentian or Blue Gentian is one of the most beautiful of the gentians, with its delicately fringed petals and striking blue color, it is becoming rare and must… not be picked. It is a biennial, and along with the other gentians, is among the last wildflowers to bloom in the late summer and fall.
Fringed Gentian is about 1-3′ tall, native to eastern USA and eastern Canada. It ranges from the southern Appalachian Mountains north into New England and west to Manitoba and Iowa, though it can grow as far south as the mountains of Georgia. It is uncommon in much of its range. It is very rare in the Southeast.