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Gentiana glauca
glaucous gentian

Distribution: In the North Cascades of Washington; Alaska south to Washington and Montana.

Habitat: Tundra and alpine meadows.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


Perennial herbs from creeping rhizomes, the stems 4-15 cm. tall.


Basal leaves obovate-oblanceolate, 1-2 cm. long, forming small rosettes; cauline leaves opposite, 2-4 pairs, obovate or oblong-obovate, smaller than the basal.


Flowers 3-5 near the top of the stem, sessile, or the lowest with a short pedicle, with subtending bracts; calyx blue tinged, 1/3 the length of the corolla, the 5 lobes unequal, obtuse, about half the length of the tube; corolla dark blue, 1-2 cm. long, the 5 lobes broadly triangular, obtuse, folded like a fan, the sinuses with small, triangular lobes; the 5 stamens attached to the corolla tube for about 1/3 the length of the corolla, the attached portion narrowly winged; ovary superior.


Capsule 1-celled, 2-valved.

Accepted Name:
Gentiana glauca Pall.
Publication: Fl. Ross. 2: 104, pl. 93, f. 4. 1790.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Dasystephana glauca (Pall.) Rydb.
Gentianodes glauca (Pall.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gentiana glauca in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Gentiana glauca checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Gentiana glauca information.

E-Flora BC: Gentiana glauca atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gentiana glauca photos.

USDA Plants: Gentiana glauca information.

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