Downy Gentians are a spectacular sight at Griffith Prairie in September. Their beautiful, deep, electric-blue blooms can be found nestled in the tall grasses this time of year. A perennial plant, it is an indicator of a high-quality native prairie. Gentians are short in stature, typically between 6 to 14 inches tall, and they benefit from prescribed burning that clears old plant litter. Bees visit these flowers for nectar, but this plant is typically avoided by mammalian herbivores due to the bitter leaves.