Autumn Gentian

Latin name: Gentianella amarella

Family: Gentianaceae

Throughout history, gentians have been used for medicinal purposes, in particular to treat digestive disorders.

The autumn gentian is a biennial herb whose distribution in Yorkshire Dales National Park is very localised. However, when found its population can run into hundreds. If you are lucky enough to find some, they are likely to be on limestone soils amongst short open calcareous grassland. The rarer field gentian has been found growing alongside this species.

With pretty lilac flowers, this late-flowering plant appears from August to October.

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The unfolding of Grass Wood throughout the year is a story of rich fulfilment. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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