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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Gentiana Puberulenta / Family: Gentianaceae
Downy Gentian Swink/Wilhelm # 10

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FLOWERING: September - October

SEED TIMING: Late October

HABITAT: Dry prairie

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 8 to 18 inches high. Leaves firm, lanceolate, or the lower oblong, pale beneath, narrowed or rounded at the base. Tight cluster of stemless, deep-blue, 5-pointed, open flowers without fringe.

TO PICK: Entire plant looks withered. Seed capsule light brown, splits open to show hundreds of small, cream-white, winged seeds. Pick whole capsule or bend capsules over plastic bag to allow seeds to fall in.


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