Gentian: Fringed vs Parry

So I found another one — the Fringed Gentian. This really is Gentian Week! But I also realized that I had included some Fringed Gentians in my earlier post on Parry Gentians. They grow in the same places and are about the same size, so I forgive myself for my lazy identification. 🙂

Fringed Gentians are darker, have four petals and turn slightly at the top. See first two photos. Parry Gentian (also called Mountain Gentian) has a white base with purple tips and five petals.  See second two photos. I found these new specimens on the Poudre Creek Trail. They are both so pretty!

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