This is a lovely wildflower that intrigues me. It never opens up, always looks like a bud, and I watch the bumblebees crawl into the flower and disappear then crawl back out.
Closed Gentians are native to North America, especially in our Northeastern corridor, and bloom in late summer. Here we see them in late August and early September. This picture was taken August 24, 2012, at Green Lane Reservoir in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA.
These plants are considered “threatened” in the states of New York and Maryland. Although I can find them in Pennsylvania, it does take some looking. If you find some please don’t pick them.
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The crab spider seems to have found a good hiding place to wait for unsuspecting bugs.