Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross'
[Cross Gentiana]

Size (ships bareroot) - Quart

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Height Light
Under 12 in. Partial Sun Mid Summer Blue 3 - 7

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.


Gentians tend to grow best in cooler zones with mild summers.  This variety is an alpine type, so it grows well in rock gardens sited in full sun to part shade.  It is a durable, drought resistant plant once established.  Plant it in well-drained, light soil with low to average moisture. If the soil stays wet, especially in winter, the plant may rot.

Other Attributes:
Pollinator Friendly Deer Resistant
Attracts butterflies
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