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Early Gentian

Gentianella anglica

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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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:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, rocks, sand dunes, sea cliffs, seaside.

Flower:
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Purple, 4 petals
 
Pale purple or whitish-purple flowers. Unlike most other Gentians this species has just 4 petals and not 5. Flowers measure up to 2cm in size.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule.
Leaves:
An annual or biennial flower small, opposite leaves. The leaves are lance-shaped and pointed. Most often seen on chalk grassland.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

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