With so many flowers fading with autumn in the air, this beautiful native gentian (Gentian saponaria) often puts on a show in mid-October at lower elevations in the southern Appalachians. This specimen is from a wetland site near Asheville, NC.
Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita) is a biennial herbaceous species, native to eastern USA and eastern Canada. Fringed gentian flowers open on sunny days, but generally remain closed on cloudy days. Individual plants live for only one or two years