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RED-STEMMED GENTIAN, GREAT LAKES GENTIAN
Widespread in many moist, usually alkaline, sites: shores, interdunal hollows, meadows; bogs and fens; river and stream margins; sandy and marly excavations; alder thickets, coniferous swamps, depressions in pine plains; rock crevices and pool margins on Lake Superior.
The distribution of this northern species centers in the Great Lakes region. Both blue- and white-flowered forms have often been misidentified as G. andrewsii, which is readily distinguished by its long fringed plaits (exceeding the corolla lobes) and prominent, minutely ciliate calyx lobes. The flowers are more often a muddy or purplish blue than in G. linearis, which is usually bright blue.