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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

JK Marlow    jkm150912_129

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria

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

JK Marlow    jkm150912_133

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria

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

JK Marlow    jkm071025_029b

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

image of Gentiana saponaria

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

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_gentiana_saponaria_c

October        

image of Gentiana saponaria

JK Marlow    jkm071101_037

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria

JK Marlow    jkm071101_038

November        SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District