The singular flowers of the Closed Gentian have a curious attraction because they never open. They are shaped like the thick part of a miniature Indian club and have the appearance of a large, healthy bud, that is just about to unfold. The plant is perennial, and consequently much more common and easier to find each year than the Fringed Gentian. It flourishes in moist, rich soil in meadows and thickets, or along woodland borders, and may be found at its best from August to October. The single, leafy stalk is erect, or nearly so, and grows one or two feet in height. It is smooth and stout. The rather large, toothless, lance-shaped leaves have a long, tapering point, and are narrow or sometimes rounded toward the base. They are arranged in alternating opposite pairs at regular intervals, and are often tinged with brown. The flowers are of an intense blue in colour, becoming lighter toward the base. Several of them are gathered in a crowded terminal leafy cluster, or occasionally one or two are set in the axils of the leaves. The stamens are gathered in the form of a tube, and the divisions of the green calyx are long and narrow. This Gentian ranges from Georgia and Missouri, well into Canada.
CLOSED, or BOTTLED GENTIAN. Gentiana Andrewsii.