Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2030

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in bogs, marshes, wet hardwood forests, other moist to wet habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Light blue-violet
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed corolla
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Gentiana saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gentiana saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 155-02-008:
Gentiana saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells


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image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

JK Marlow    jkm150912_129

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

JK Marlow    jkm150912_132

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Leaves linear, or elliptical to ovate and widest near the middle, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

JK Marlow    jkm150912_133

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

JK Marlow    jkm071025_029

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Flowers closed or slightly open, pale blue-purple with dark lines within, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

JK Marlow    jkm071025_029b

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_gentiana_saponaria

October        

Calyx lobes elliptic-linear, 4-17mm long to 2mm wide, ascending to spreading, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_gentiana_saponaria_c

October        

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

JK Marlow    jkm071101_037

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvest Bells

JK Marlow    jkm071101_038

November        SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District