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Gentiana sceptrum
King's gentian, staff gentian

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to northwest California.

Habitat: Bogs and wet places, especially along the coast, at low elevations.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tufted perennial herbs from thick, fleshy roots, the 1-many stems 2-12 dm. tall.


Leaves opposite, 10-15 pairs, the lower 2-5 reduced to short bracts that are attached to each other at the base; upper leaves oblong-lanceolate, 3-6 cm. long and 7-15 mm. broad, gradually reduced downward.


Flowers several, mostly clustered at the top of the stem on short pedicels, some in the leaf axils on bractless pedicels 3-20 mm. long; calyx about half as long as the corolla, bluish tinged, the tube 8-14 mm. long, the 5 lobes narrowly to broadly lanceolate, shorter that the tube to twice as long; corolla bluish with greenish streaks or mottling, the 5 lobes oval, 6-9 mm. long, with short, rounded, entire projections in the sinuses; the 5 stamens attached to the corolla tube for about 1/3 the length of the corolla, the attached portioned broadly winged, the free portion 10-15 mm. long; ovary superior, with a stipe.


Capsule about equaling the dried, persistent corolla.

Accepted Name:
Gentiana sceptrum Griseb.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gentiana sceptrum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Gentiana sceptrum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Gentiana sceptrum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gentiana sceptrum photos.

USDA Plants: Gentiana sceptrum information.

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