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Parry's Green Gentian
Frasera parryi
About Parry's Green Gentian (Frasera parryi) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Frasera parryi (syn. Swertia parryi) is a species of flowering plant in the gentian family known by the common name Coahuila frasera. It is native to southern California and adjacent Baja California, and Arizona. It grows in oak woodland and chaparral habitats along the coast and inland. Frasera parryi is a perennial herb that produces one or two erect stems growing up to 1. 5 m in height. The basal leaves are lance-shaped, strap-shaped, or somewhat oval and elongated with pointed tips, reaching up to 25 cm long. Leaves higher on the plant are widely lance-shaped to oval, smaller, and oppositely arranged. The leaves are green with white margins. The inflorescence is an open panicle of flowers atop the stem. Each flower has a calyx of four pointed sepals and a corolla of four pointed lobes each 1 to 2 cm long. The corolla is greenish with purple speckles, and each lobe has a fringe of hairs near the base. There are four stamens tipped with large anthers and a central ovary.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

For propagating by seed: No treatment. Sow in cool months.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Bluffs and edges of salt washes

Annual Precipitation: 10.5" - 32.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.24" - 2.64", Coldest Month: 38.8" - 54.1", Hottest Month: 61.9" - 79.3", Humidity: 1.77" - 27.87", Elevation: 79" - 6464"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Coahuila Frasera, Parry's Green-gentian

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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