Gentians

Greater Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita) – Extremely rare in the Southern Appalachians, and requires soil with specific chemical content

Showy gentian (Gentiana decora) – Prefers mountain areas in Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains
Closed gentian (Gentiana clausa var. latidens) – Found along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Stiff gentian (Gentianella quinquefolia) – this specimen found in the Great Smokies
Possibly Elliott’s gentian (Gentiana catesbaei) – fairly rare
Soapwort gentian (Gentiana saponaria) – found in many locations in the Southern Appalachians and also farther south
Striped gentian (Gentiana villosa) – found in many locations in Southern Appalachians seems to prefer piney woods areas
Sandhills gentian (Gentiana autumnalis) – found in the sandhills areas of North and South Carolina
Linear leaved gentian (Gentiana linearis) – Very rare in Southern Appalachians found in only one location in mountains of Tennessee. The pictured specimen has past the blooming stage.