Autumn Gentian - Gentianella amarella

    Alternative names

    Low to short erect plant, simple or branched, the branches ascending. Leaves oval to lanceolate, the basal ones forming a distinct rosette. Flowers dull purple, blue, pink or whitish 14 to 22 mm long usually five parted.

    Identification difficulty

    Open calcareous grassland, especially in old limestone quarries.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to October.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland although it can be numerous in the few areas where it occurs. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

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