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Swertia perennis

Swertia perennis

Swertia perennis

Swertia perennis (Star Gentian, Felwort)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Montane, subalpine.  Wetlands.  Summer, fall.
Bolam Lake, August 15, 2014.

Swertia perennis grows in wetlands, and as the top photograph indicates, it can streak these wetlands with hundreds of purple wands. The pink dotting in the top two photographs is the work of Rhodiola rhodantha, another wetland loving plant that has its best flowering time coordinated with that of Swertia perennis for a very nice show.

Swertia perennis flower color is unique and Betty and I find it very attractive.

Swertia perennis  Swertia perennis

Swertia perennis (Star Gentian, Felwort)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Montane, subalpine.  Wetlands.  Summer, fall.
Bolam Lake, August 15, 2014 and Upper Rough Canyon Trail, August 8, 2017.

Since Swertia perennis grows in wetlands, it is often difficult to spot because of the lush growth of the many other wetland plants. At its full height of two feet it is a bit easier to pick out. If you are walking through wetlands before Swertia perennis flowers, look for the mass of numerous oblanceolate, long petioled leaves. There are usually just one or two pairs of greatly reduced stem leaves (upper two red arrows).