Ontario Wildflowers website

American Columbo
(Frasera caroliniensis)
(formerly Swertia caroliniensis)

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis) Other scientific names: Swertia caroliniensis, Frasera walteri

Family: Gentian Family (Gentianaceae)

Flowers: Summer;  Green/Brown, Yellow;  4 parts (petals)

Leaves: Simple, Entire

Height: 2 m (5-7 ft)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 152   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: : of Carolina, Carolinian


Photographs: 79 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

American Columbo flowers are large and unusual.

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

The basal rosette of leaves.

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

A nice patch of American Columbo.

American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

American Columbo blooms only every few years.


Range map for American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)