Stiff Gentian or Agueweed, Giantella quinquefolia
(Gentiana quinquefolia in some books)
Gentianaceae or Gentian Family


Erect plant to about 30 inches tall. Leaves opposite each other, stalkless, long egg-shaped, blunt-pointed, with strongly marked veins. Flowers in crowded clusters at top of plant, purple to white, long, narrow, funnel-shaped, barely opening. Blooms in autumn.

Charming native of woods and meadows. In Wildwood, moderately common on the east slope, in the woods and on the bluffs avove Wildwood Drive.

Even without flowers, the opposite, strongly lined, stalkless leaves are distinctive. The flowers resemble nothing else in Wildwood.

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Plant before flowering



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