Gentiana linearis

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Gentiana linearis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Gentiana
Species: G. linearis
Binomial name
Gentiana linearis

Gentiana linearis (narrowleaf gentian) is a 1–2 ft (30–61 cm) tall flowering plant in the Gentianaceae family. It is native to northeastern North America from Manitoba to Maine, and to the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee. [1][2] Similar to the "bottle gentians" like Gentiana clausa and Gentiana andrewsii, it has paired, lanceolate leaves, usually on unbranched stalks, and blue or purple blooms which remain closed or nearly closed; the leaves are narrower however, as the specific name indicates.[3][4]


  1. ^ BONAP distribution map of North American Gentiana species
  2. ^ "Gentiana linearis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center listing
  4. ^ ITIS standard report page