Gentianaceae
Gentiana affinis

Trapper's Gentian

Prostrate to spreading plant with few to many stems from central root. Stems hug ground, tips turned upward. Leaves oval to lance-shaped, 8–15 pair per stem, at least 3 times as long as they are broad. Flowers long and narrow or funnel-shaped tubes, single or in small clusters. Flowers dark blue with green markings on outside, green dots inside; lobes short, flaring and unequal, tips rounded to pointed, area between lobes divided into 2–5 thin segments about 1/2–3/4 the length of the lobes. Grows in moist or boggy soils in light woods, meadows, from sea level to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid-Late Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 2--26 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, East-Side Forest, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Subalpine
  • Found In: Steens, Wallowas
  • Native: Yes