Gentianopsis thermalis - Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian

Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian

Taxonomy

Phylum: Anthophyta

Class: Equisetopsida

Order: Gentianales

Family: Gentianaceae

Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian in the eastern zone of Rocky Mountain National Park

The name 'thermalis' refers to this plant's preference for growing in warm places - including very close to geysers in Yellowstone National Park, where it can be found in great profusion. In other parts of the Rockies this gentian grows in damp and marshy places and along stream banks which is where we found it in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian flowers in late summer - July onwards. There are several variants of this lovely wildflower depending on the region in which you find them

The specimen on this page was photographed in the eastern zone of Rocky Mountain National Park in late August .