Fall Flowers: Greater Fringed-gentian

Photo of Greater Fringed-gentian

During a plant walk I led with Jenny as part of the Maine Primitive Gathering, our group came upon this late-blooming beauty known as Greater Fringed-gentian (Gentianopsis crinita). We were struck by the details of this wildflower: green flower buds with four neat creases, the twisted forms of the unfurling pale-blue flowers, the eyelash-edged petals of the open blossoms.

That night, I found a poem by William Cullen Bryant written in 1832 called To the Fringed Gentian, part of which I shared with participants of the following day's plant walk and which you can read in its entirety at the Poetry Foundation. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

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