Flower Color:Purple-blue shades, Blue shades
Foliage Color:Green shades
Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun), Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements:Low Water Needs, Average Water Needs
Soil Quality:Poor Soil Quality, Average Soil Quality
Soil Chemistry:Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0), Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Bloomtime:Midsummer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Long Blooming
Attracts Wings:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds
Critter Resistant:Deer Resistant
Growth Rate:Slow, Medium
Garden Style:Patio Container, Eclectic, Rock Garden
Other Features:Border Plant, Container,Cut Flower,Cut Foliage, Drought 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.