Stems somewhat angled, leafy and often with numerous opposite branches above, 1 to 3 feet high from a fibrous root which is usually biennial. Leaves obovate and blunt below, the upper leaves 1 to 2 inches long, sessile and rounded at the base, pointed at the apex. Flowers several or numerous, each at the end of a branch or stalk, each flower about 2 inches high. Calyx lobes lanceolate, pointed, unequal, their midribs decurrent on the angles of the calyx tube. Corolla four-parted, bright blue, rarely white, narrowly bell-shaped, the lobes obovate, rounded and conspicuously fringed at the ends, spreading when mature but apparently closing at night.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 167

Fringed Gentian   Gentiana crinita

Fringed Gentian - Gentiana crinita

Stamens four, attached to the inner base of the corolla and not projecting out of the flower.

In low meadows and moist, open woods, Quebec to Minnesota, south to Georgia and Iowa. Flowering in September and October.

The Smaller Fringed Gentian (Gentiana procera Holm) has linear leaves and the corolla segments fringed mainly on the sides with shorter hairs. It is rather rare in this State.