With the assistance of an acquaintance on Facebook, I found me some Greater Fringed Gentians (Gentianopsis crinita formerly Gentiana crinita). I learned pretty quickly that they close up overnight or on cloudy days and are only opened when exposed to the sun…..so I had to settle for a dewy bud, but I think you can make out the fringe. I did wait until the sun hit them and gave it some time, but I think they need to dry off and warm thoroughly. I didn’t have the time to wait this time around. I am not sure if I can get there tomorrow afternoon when they would be fully open, but I may try. Next year I will need to visit them a week or so earlier as most of the early blooms were faded and I didn’t care for their appearance in one of the clusters.The background is browned and drying ferns.
For David and anyone else who wish to consider me crazy, I drove for an hour and about 35 miles for this shot early this morning. 🙂 I am thinking of buying a few plants and raising some in the yard.