$2.95 – $8.95
Soil: Hydric (Wet) to Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full, Partial
Flowers: The bottle-like cylindrical flowers remain closed at the top. They are 1″-1 1/2″ long with 5 united petals.
Leaves: The ovate or lance-shaped leaves are up to 4″ long and form a whorl below the flowers.
These plants are beautiful specimens and are a lovely addition to the 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 the smaller rain garden and excellent for shoreline restoration!
Medicinal Uses: Roots placed in a compress were used by Native Americans to ease back pain. Others used it to treat snakebite. Early settlers drank tea from the leaves after suffering malaria.
More Information: Bumblebees force their way into the closed petals to collect nectar and pollinate 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.