Gentiana newberryi var. tiogana

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Weiser
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Gentiana newberryi var. tiogana

This small tufted gentian of the damp meadow is native to the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, south through the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and Nevada.
There are two recognized varieties. The larger more northerly variety is var. newberryi the southern and some what smaller variety is var. tiogana. Both varieties display white or light blue flowers freckled with brown. From what I have read the blue flowers are more common in the northern populations. I know I have never seen them with blue blossoms when I've been out botanizing in the Sierras.
The plants pictured are four inches tall in flower growing at 8500'.

www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=GENE
http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=3781
http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-taxon=Gentiana+n...
http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=59442
http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=59443

Lori S.
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Very interesting, John!  We have no white-flowered gentians here; ours tend to be purple to blues (pale to greenish). 
The zoomable map is a nice feature in the Jepson key.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Booker
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What magnificent blooms, John ... and beautifully photographed.  Another gentian to add to my wants list.  LOL.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Weiser
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Lori
Most of our Gentians are also in shades of blue and purple.

Cliff
This looks like an easy one. It creeps a little and blooms in late summer. The population in the photos grows on damp sloping meadows that dry through the summer. Not drying completely but by no means wet either. I took a couple of cuttings and they transplanted well.

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser

cohan
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Nice form and colour!
I checked Alplains as usual with western plants, he lists a blue form:
http://www.alplains.com/
Gentiana newberryi (Gentianaceae) (8x8,Z4,P,L,3:8w) .................................................... 100 seeds / $4.00 58352.22 (W) Trinity Co., CA, 7900ft, 2408m. On short stalks over small rosettes are borne dark blue, fringed flowers with darker stripes in the throat and speckles on the petals. On volcanic ultramfic soils near timberline
photo:
http://www.alplains.com/images/GentNewberryi.jpg

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west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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I love the white form with green speckles and dark bands of color on the outside, but the Alplains blue form is exquisite!

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Weiser
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I have to agree blue gentians are amazing. I hope I come across a blue newberryi in bloom sometime.

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser

Hoy
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I do like the white form though! Here only some rare, small, northern species have whitish flowers. Had been exiting to come across a white form of the commoner ones once!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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I do like both forms, though agree with what I think Trond is saying- to me the white seems more exotic- and I do love white flowers with a hint of  other shades...
I sowed seed of a number of Gentians early last spring, nothing happened this summer, hoping for some action next spring...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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