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Alpine Gentian
Gentiana newberryi
About Alpine Gentian (Gentiana newberryi) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Gentiana newberryi is a species of gentian known by the common names alpine gentian and Newberry's gentian. It is native to the high mountains of California and Oregon, and its range just extends into Nevada. This is a small perennial herb growing short stems which lie against the ground or snake through the grass. The curving leaves are lance-shaped to spoon-shaped. The foliage is green and may have purple coloration along the edges and tips. Flowers are solitary or come in flower clusters of up to five. Each flower is trumpet-shaped and up to 5 or 6 centimeters long, and 3 centimeters wide at the mouth. The lobes of the flower corolla have rounded to slightly pointed tips. Between each of the five lobes is a sinus appendage which comes to a very sharp point and twists into a thread. The outer surface of the mainly white flower is sharply striped with light to dark purple. The inner surface may be lightly striped with greenish or yellowish coloration, and freckled with a similar color. The fruit is a capsule containing winged seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.6 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet meadows

Annual Precipitation: 12.5" - 119.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.42" - 4.08", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 48.3", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 73.7", Humidity: 0.42" - 23.28", Elevation: 274" - 14090"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Newberry's 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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