One of the last to bloom…

small purple flowers - very verticle

Stiff Gentian

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Stiff Gentian

Stiff gentian is one of the last plants to flower for the season. It is a stunning, deeply purple plant. Stiff gentian is less than one foot tall and found infrequently in moist to dry prairies. They like limestone, calcium-rich soil or seepage of mineralized ground water and are often found in colonies. Our prairie is on dolomite, a rock composed of calcium magnesium carbonate, which stiff gentian finds ideal. They are found mostly on a prairie remnant, but are spreading to the rest of the prairie. While the last of the plants are flowering it does not mean all activity ceases in the prairie.

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