Common Name: Cross Gentian Gentiana C. Blue Cross

Height:10.0 Inches

Spread:10.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones:3,4,5,6,7


Flower Color:Purple-blue shadesBlue shades

Foliage Color:Green shades

Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:Low Water NeedsAverage Water Needs


Soil Quality:Poor Soil QualityAverage Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime:MidsummerLate SummerEarly FallLong Blooming

Attracts Wings:Attracts ButterfliesAttracts Hummingbirds


Critter Resistant:Deer Resistant

Growth Rate:SlowMedium

Garden Style:Patio ContainerEclecticRock Garden

Other Features:Border PlantContainer,Cut Flower,Cut FoliageDrought Tolerant

Origin:Not Native to North America


This Gentian sets itself apart from the species by its intense blue violet flowers on compact, durable, drought resistant plants. 

From midsummer into early fall, clusters of small, 4-petaled flowers open and bloom at the nodes.  At each node, the spoon-shaped leaves meet at angles to form a cross, thus the name Cross Gentian. 

This perennial looks great in rock gardens and also makes a nice cut flower.