Bottle Gentian

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A native perennial for sunny, moist sites, Bottle Gentian adds gentle blues to the late season garden. Clusters of violet-blue pod-shaped flowers are surrounded by a whorl of lanceolate green leaves. Bumblebees are one of the only insects strong enough to open the blossoms, making this a favorite fall food source for them. Native to the Northeast and Midwest, these long-lived perennials will gently spread over time. (Gentiana andrewsii)
Zones 3 - 6
Advantages
bee-friendly
Bee Friendly
deer-resistant
Deer Resistant
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Native
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Low Maintenance
multiplies--naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
full-sun
Full Sun
half-sun--half-shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 12-24" tall , 12-18" wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to mid fall
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot
SKUAM019320

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

Native to the Northeast and Midwest, Bottle Gentian is often known as the Closed Bottle Gentian for the unusual way that its deep, violet-blue blossoms stand erect and seemingly closed, like tiny bottles standing upright at the top of medium-tall, unbranched stems. The blooms last for several weeks, and this sun-loving native perennial has been recognized by The Xerces Society for its value to bumblebees in the late season. Bottle Gentian are slow-growing, but have a long lifespan, and will non-aggressively seed into other spots where conditions are right. Native to the Northeast and Midwestern United States and Canada, Bottle Gentian prefers full sun and moist soils, but can tolerate partial sun. Plant it near the edges of meadows or the front of garden beds so you can fully appreciate the blue bottles as season wanes. Pair with small native grasses such as little blue stem, or moisture-loving sedges, as well as native Aster and Blazing Star. Fairly deer resistant.

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SKUAM019320
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Bottle Gentian
Botanical Name
Gentiana andrewsii
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Blue
Flower Size
1.5" flowers
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Growth Rate
Slow
Bloom Time
Late summer to mid fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Green ovate, lance-shaped foliage.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates
Wet Sites
Advantages
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Additional Information
Recognized by the Xerces Society for value to Bumble Bees.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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