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Set B6 - Wild Flowers Series 2 - card information

19. Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe L.)

19. Marsh Gentian

A rare and beautiful plant which is decreasing. It grows on boggy heathlands usually in hilly mountainous districts, and is in bloom in August and September. The average height of the plant is about seven inches though it can attain twelve inches. In England and Wales it is a true wild native, and no doubt one of the causes of its decrease is the reclamation of land, on which the plant grows, for grazing and ploughing.