Gentiana saponaria

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

Gentiana saponaria (soapwort gentian or harvestbells) is a 1–2 ft (30–61 cm) tall flowering plant in the Gentianaceae family. It is native to eastern North America south of the Great Lakes, from Wisconsin to New York, and south to Texas and Florida.[1][2] Similar to the "Bottle Gentians" like Gentiana clausa and Gentiana andrewsii, it has paired, lanceolate leaves on unbranched stalks, blue or purple blooms, and a stout taproot. It is rare in its range, usually found in undisturbed sandy soils. The flowers are pollinated by bumblebees.[3][4][5]


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