Gentiana andrewsii

Bottle Gentian- Gentiana

Bottle Gentian

Bottle Gentian or Closed Bottle Gentian has so many great attributes it is hard to know where to begin. For starters it is native to a large part of the Midwest. I am a big proponent of using natives particularly when they also offer a great show and this one does. In the picture below it is planted with Japanese Forest Grass ‘Aureola’ and contrasts nicely with the bright yellow Goldenrod ‘Firecracker’. This gentian has light blue tube shaped flowers and has almost a ground cover type habit. This picture was taken in October so it is very late-blooming. It offers great color at time when few other things are in flower. It grows 1 to 2 feet high and spreads about 1 foot. In its natural habitat it is found in moist wooded areas but it will grow in many different soils including clay and almost full sun provided it gets sufficient moisture.
Gentian and Hakonechloa

As if all of that weren’t enough to make one fall in love with this plant this link explaining it’s symbiotic relationship with bumblebees sealed the deal for me.

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