Gentiana saponaria
harvestbells; soapwort gentian

Gentiana saponaria
Gentiana saponaria
Photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Gentiana saponaria
Common name: harvestbells; soapwort gentians
Group: dicot
Family: Gentanaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 8 - 30"
Foliage: linear or elliptic, 2-4", leaves opposite
Flower: blue; flowers clustered, stalkless; 1/2", lobes fused with pleats below forming a tube or often flaring above; sepal-lobes narrowly oval (Clemants & Gracie, p. 4)
Flowering time: late September - October
Habitat: wet woods, swamps
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Gentiana is named after Gentius, king of Illyria, who, according to legend, discovered a medicinal value for the yellow gentian. Saponaria - resemblance of the leaves to the common soapwort, which is in the genus Saponaria.