A Jingle for Gentians

Blue ones

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cream ones

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some are sort of pink.

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Deep in the tallgrass

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they’re gone in just a blink.

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Unlike some other blooms

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They may be a tight squeeze

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That’s why gentian pollinators

tend toward bumblebees.

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Amazing diversity

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bison, butterflies, and flowers,

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One of the reasons why the

prairie’s where I spend my hours.

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If you haven’t been out yet

in the tallgrass  this season

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I hope you’ll find that gentians

give you a reason.

***(Cream ones blooming now….. blue and pink ones in bloom soon…)

All photos by Cindy Crosby: Top to bottom: prairie gentian, Schulenberg Prairie, The Morton Arboretum (Gentiana puberulenta); cream or yellowish gentian (Gentiana flavida), SP; stiff gentian (pink) (Gentiana quinquefolia), SP;  bottle gentian, Nachusa Grasslands (Gentiana andrewsii); cream gentian fading, SP;, tall coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris), SP; bumblebee in cream gentian, SP; bumblebee outside of cream gentian, SP; bison, NG; monarch on rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium), SP; woman working on prairie, SP; common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and tallgrass, NG.

2 responses to “A Jingle for Gentians

  1. This is delightful. Thank you, Cindy! It’s another one to post on my Faith in Books website.

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  2. Oh, I’ve been wondering what those flowers are called for years now… thank you!

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