Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Green Giant

Another beauty from Mt. Lemmon

Photo by Marty Horowitz 6/18/2017
Green Gentian (Swertia radiata

From Frank S. Rose, Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona, pg. 111

After several years, it sends up a stalk that can be as high as eight feet, with many flowers. Many green gentians grow on these mountains, but in any given year few send up a flowering stalk. Not very showy at a distance, its flowers are delightful close up. 

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