Autumn Gentian


As autumn comes upon the Dorset countryside many of the flowers are over for another year but some late summer specialists linger. It is usually in late August that the autumn gentian comes in to flower for a fairly short season.

This is very much a flower of the chalk and limestone downs and cliffs, especially on the Purbeck Coast and although not a large flower it is certainly an attractive one.

It is also called Felwort from the ancient English feldwyrt meaning 'herb of the field'.


 

Common Name Autumn Gentian
Alternative Name(s) Fellwort
Scientific Name Gentianella amarella
Family Gentian family - Gentianaceae
Status Local
Interest Level
2/5
Related Species - CLICK TO VIEW Gentian Family - Gentianaceae
Flower Colour Group Purple
Flower Visible
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Look for Short plant with upright trumpet flowers

This species has been seen at the following sites featured on the Nature of Dorset:

The Nature of Dorset on Facebook

The Nature of Dorset on Twitter

Print or Email this page:

Printer Friendly and PDF

The Nature of Dorset on Blogger

Add this page to your social network:

Share