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Plant Details

Gentiana autumnalis

Pinebarren Gentian

Scientific Name:

Gentiana autumnalis

Common Name:

Pinebarren Gentian

Plant Family

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Violet

Size in Feet:

.5 to 1

Light:

Part-sun

Soil Moisture:

Hygric, Mesic, Sub-mesic, Sub-xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

October, November, December

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Longleaf pine savannas, pine flatwoods, sandhills, pine barrens, in a variety of sites varying from moist to very xeric, in se. VA, NC, and SC nearly always associated with Pinus palustris and/or Aristida stricta per Weakley.

Notes:

Weakley notes this species is a "bimodal endemic," occurring in s. NJ and adjacent DE (at least formerly), and from se. VA south through e. NC to nc. SC.

Closeup of Bloom

image

Sandhills Game Land, Millstone Creek Natural Area, October 2004
© Kathy Schlosser

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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