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Hikers' Gentian
Gentianopsis simplex
About Hikers' Gentian (Gentianopsis simplex) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Gentianopsis simplex is a species of flowering plant in the gentian family known by the common name oneflower fringed gentian. It is native to the western United States, where it is most common in moist mountain habitats. This is an annual herb with erect stems which may be only a few centimeters or up to 40 centimeters in height. The leaves are lance-shaped to oval and located at the base and occasionally along the stem. Each flower is borne at the end of a peduncle which may be quite long. The flower is one to four centimeters long and light to deep bluish-purple with white staining, especially inside. The flower is somewhat trumpet shaped, with a narrowing toward the mouth. The lobes are fringed along the edges and may be in a twisted or pinwheel arrangement. The fruit is a capsule containing ridged, pointed seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.3 ft tall

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 18.3" - 129.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.88" - 4.32", Coldest Month: 25.4" - 45.8", Hottest Month: 49.2" - 70.3", Humidity: 0.62" - 20.13", Elevation: 1836" - 9220"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Hiker's Fringed-gentian, One-flowered Fringed-gentian, Oneflower 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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