Gentiana saponaria soapwort gentian Gentianaceae GESA; R, gb (possibly extirpated);

   

Gentiana saponaria.www.delawarewildflowers.org.David G. Smith

Gentiana saponaria. David G. Smith.www.delawarewildflowers.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Gentiana saponaria is a perennial herb to 70 cm tall. 

Leaves opposite, to 10 cm long, elliptic or widest above middle, margin hairy. 

Flowers blue, to 5 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, tubular, inflated on one side, lobes narrowly opening, erect or curved inward, blooms Sept.-Oct. 

Fruit dry, 2-parted capsule with numerous seeds. 

Wetland status: FACW. 

Frequency in NYC: Rare (NYS S1, E). 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Moist open woods, meadows.