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Sierra Gentian
Gentianopsis holopetala
About Sierra Gentian (Gentianopsis holopetala) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Gentianopsis holopetala is a species of flowering plant in the gentian family known by the common names Sierra fringed gentian or just "Sierra gentian"'. It is native to the Sierra Nevada and adjacent mountains in California and Nevada, in wet meadows from 6000 to 11,000 ft in elevation. . This is an annual or perennial herb, growing stems which may be anywhere from a few centimeters long to nearly half a meter, and may lay along the ground or grow erect. Its small oval or spoon-shaped leaves are mostly basal but may grow sparsely further along the stem. Each flower grows at the end of a long peduncle, which may be longer than the actual stem. The flower is trumpet shaped and up to 5 centimeters long. It narrows at the mouth and opens into a corolla, with 4 lobes each about half as long as the tube. The flower is any shade of purple or blue, and has longitudinal striping of varied shades of purple to nearly white (see image detail at left). The throat inside the trumpet may be white. The 4 green sepals are pointed, with a dark stipe. The fruit is a capsule containing several bumpy seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.2" - 67.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.80" - 2.76", Coldest Month: 17.9" - 50.1", Hottest Month: 38.4" - 80.8", Humidity: 0.79" - 33.76", Elevation: 2219" - 14460"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Just Sierra Gentian', Sierra Fringed Gentian, Sierra Fringed-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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