fringed gentian


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fringed gentian

 (frĭnjd)
n.
A biennial or annual plant (Gentianopsis crinita) of eastern North America, having blue, bell-shaped flowers with fringed petals.
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Noun1.fringed gentian - any of various herbs of the genus Gentianopsis having the margins of the corolla lobes fringedfringed gentian - any of various herbs of the genus Gentianopsis having the margins of the corolla lobes fringed; sometimes included in genus Gentiana
gentian - any of various plants of the family Gentianaceae especially the genera Gentiana and Gentianella and Gentianopsis
Gentianopsis, genus Gentianopsis - genus of fringed gentians; in some classifications included in genus Gentiana
Gentiana crinita, Gentianopsis crinita - tall widely distributed fringed gentian of eastern North America having violet-blue or white fringed flowers
Gentiana detonsa, Gentianopsis detonsa - medium-tall fringed gentian with pale-blue to blue-purple flowers; circumboreal in distribution
Gentiana procera, Gentianopsid procera - small blue-flowered fringed gentian of east central North America
Gentiana thermalis, Gentianopsis thermalis - small blue-flowered fringed gentian of western United States (Rocky Mountains) especially around hot springs in Yellowstone National Park
Gentiana holopetala, Gentianopsis holopetala, tufted gentian - small blue-flowered fringed gentian of Sierra Nevada mountains
References in classic literature ?
There was the spot where the Indian pipes grew; the particular bit of marshy ground where the fringed gentians used to be largest and bluest; the rock maple where she found the oriole's nest; the hedge where the field mice lived; the moss-covered stump where the white toadstools were wont to spring up as if by magic; the hole at the root of the old pine where an ancient and honorable toad made his home; these were the landmarks of her childhood, and she looked at them as across an immeasurable distance.
For instance, it was the end of August at the level of the sea; in the Kandersteg valley at the base of the pass, we found flowers which would not be due at the sea-level for two or three weeks; higher up, we entered October, and gathered fringed gentians. I made no notes, and have forgotten the details, but the construction of the floral calendar was very entertaining while it lasted.
Both Emerson and Dickinson read yet another famous "gentian" poem, William Cullen Bryant's "To the Fringed Gentian," which Emerson includes in Parnassus, his anthology of poems and poem excerpts.