Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bottle Gentian Search at DCP

Bottle Gentian populations are directly tied to wetlands,
and as a result of wetland destruction, are declining across their range.
The Darke County Park District invites the public to join them in a search for bottle gentian plants which grow in the back prairie at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

Autumn offers some of the best hiking in Darke County. The bugs are nearly gone, humidity is a memory, the landscape is awash with fantastic colors, and crunch of leaves underfoot pleases the soul every step of the way. On Saturday, October 3rd at 2pm the Park District welcomes everyone to search for these intriguing blue flowers which grow about two feet tall and have blooms that resemble bottles. The bottle gentian blooms in late summer and early fall and even in maturity, the blooms resemble large purple or blue buds. The hike may lead off trail, so remember to dress for the weather and wear long pants and hiking shoes.

For more information on bottle gentians, the hike, or any of the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the Park District website at

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