$7.95 – $11.95
Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Bloom Color: Blue-Purple
Bloom Season: August – October
Suggested Uses: These plants are beautiful specimens and are a lovely addition to a garden. They are one of the last flowers to bloom in the fall and are lovely companions to Asters and Goldenrods. They are a nice plant for small rain gardens and are excellent for shoreline restoration!
Native Range: Native to the Midwest and the Northeast. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bumblebees force their way into the closed petals to collect nectar, pollinating the flowers as they go. Favored by the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).
Flowers: The bottle-like cylindrical flowers remain closed at the top. They are 1-1.5″ long with 5 united petals.
Leaves: The ovate or lance-shaped leaves are up to 4″ long and form a whorl below the flowers.
Name: The name gentian comes from King Gentius of Illyria who discovered medicinal value in the gentian root. Andrewsii is in honor of English engraver and botanical artist, Henry Andrews.
More information: USDA plant profile