Gentiana asclepiadea, blue end of summer

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Every year ,when the summer gets hot each day making me believe it would newer end , comes the moment bringing a small piece of forthcoming autumn with it. Seeking shadow forest paths I’ve found  blue willow gentian started to flower this week, with flowers blue as the bluest skies I’ve ewer seen. There is something sad in these blue bells I can not explain,is it their announcement the summer is dying  or is it their blue blue color painting eternal skies in front of me but leaving me to wonder what comes after this summer……….  

One of the larger species within the genus, it produces pairs of leaves, sometimes whorled in three’s or fours around particularly vigorous shoots on stems that generally arch elegantly outward from the base of the plant between 60-90cm (2-3ft) in length. Flowers occur in late summer into autumn.

Gentiana asclepiadea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Gentiana
Species: G. asclepiadea
Binomial name
Gentiana asclepiadea

8 Replies to “Gentiana asclepiadea, blue end of summer”

  1. I haven’t seen this gentian, so thanks for posting. Gorgeous flower – cool the way the flowers march down the leaf stem – and really nice photos. I’m a sucker for blue, but it doesn’t always show up well in photos. I think the sadness is that summer’s ending, but maybe I’m projecting ; )


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