Family, Gentian. Color, crimson. Calyx, tubular, deeply 4 to 5-parted into slender lobes. Corolla, slenderly tubular, with a 4 to 5-parted border, the lobes not more than one-third the length of the tube. Stamens, of the same number as the corolla-lobes, their anthers spirally twisted. Style, slender. Stigma, thickened, club - shaped. Flowers, more in spreading cymes than panicles, all with short pedicels. Leaves, on the stem, opposite, small, oval, ovate, or oblong. Summer.
Less than 8 inches in height, these plants are yet worth a trip into the low, wet, or dry meadows to find. New York to Illinois and southward.