As summer moves along and autumn approaches, there are certain flowers one starts to anticipate. For me, it’s the gentians. First appears the closed or bottle gentians. In today’s post, the Meadow-bottle Gentian-Gentiana clausa.
This is about as open as they get. The petals are almost completely fused with just a bit of separation at the top. About the only pollinators that can get in there are bumblebees that spend a lot of time at the gym.
I’ve found these in a few locations, but the ones with the most profuse populations have been along water edges. In this case it was a pond in the Berkshires here in Western Massachusetts. I’ve seen some large numbers along the Westfield River in the Chesterfield Gorge as well.
There were quite a few clusters like this one in this spot.
Now we wait for another few weeks until my favorites, the Fringed Gentian-Gentianopsis crinita to start blooming. I will still seek them out in the wild, but this year I planted a few in the yard so am hoping to see them here too.