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Field Gentian

Gentianella campestris

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Gentianaceae (Gentian)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Annual or Biennial
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, roadsides, sand dunes, sea cliffs, woodland.

Flower:
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Purple, 4 petals
 
3cm in length. The petals and sepals are fused. The two outer petals are much larger than the two overlapping inner petals. Throughout the British Isles, Field Gentian is most common in Scotland. Outside Cumbria this plant is not very common in England and Wales. The Autumn Gentian is a similar looking plant, but Field Gentian has got paler flowers.
Fruit:
A fruit capsule.
Leaves:
A biennial plant (or sometimes perennial) with narrow, opposite, unstalked, oval to lanceolate leaves.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Similar Species:
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