Taxon  Report   3786    
Gentiana sceptrum  Griseb.
King's scepter gentian
Gentiana sceptrum
© 2012 Barry Rice
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Gentiana sceptrum
© Charles Webber1998 California Academy of Sciences
Gentiana sceptrum, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Gentiana sceptrum
© 2011 Ryan Batten
Genus: Gentiana
Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Gentiana menziesii
PLANTS: Gentiana sceptrum var. cascadensis
PLANTS: Gentiana sceptrum var. humilis
More information about  Gentiana sceptrum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).