closed gentian

noun
a gentian, Gentiana andrewsii, of the eastern and central U.S., having tight clusters of dark blue, closed flowers.
Also called bottle gentian.


Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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closed gentian

noun
1. similar to Gentiana andrewsii but with larger flowers 
2. gentian of eastern North America having tubular blue or white flowers that open little if at all 
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And last of all, the closed gentian finally puts up its head, and the fringed gentian bursts forth in a marvelous display of blue.
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