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Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells - Gentiana saponaria


Family: Gentianaceae Gentian family Genus Common Name: Gentian Native Status: Native
Gentiana saponaria - Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells. Fannin County GA Nov 10 2008 just outside Cohutta Wilderness. G saponaria has paler flowers than G. clausa, and these had pretty deep blue flowers, but USDA database doesn't show G. clausa this far south, and the leaves of G. clausa seem to be generally wider than these. This is also similar to G. linearis, but USDA database also does not show this in Georgia. Both G. clausa and G. linearis are close enough that they are possibles.

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Distribution of Gentiana saponaria in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 19 Dec 2014). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Fannin County, GA Date: 2008-November-10Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Photographed in Fannin County just outside the Cohutta Wilderness. G saponaria has paler flowers than G. clausa, and these had pretty deep blue flowers, but USDA database doesn't show G. clausa this far south, and the leaves of G. clausa seem to be generally wider than these. This is also similar to G. linearis, but USDA database also does not show this in Georgia. Both G. clausa and G. linearis are close enough that they are possibles.
Gentiana  saponaria

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