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Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle Gentian)

Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle Gentian)
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Bottle Gentian are slow-growing but long-lived and require little care once established. Bumblebees are the main pollinators because they are the only insects strong enough to pry open the closed flowers (see photo). Cream Gentian is the first Gentian to bloom in late summer.  Bottle Gentian and others (see our website) may wait until September or October to lend late-season color to mostly sunny sites in medium-wet to medium-dry soils. It is a great companion with other late bloomers such as: New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), and Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya).  Other common names include Closed Bottle Gentian, and Andrew's Gentian.

Seeds / Packet: 750
Seeds / Ounce: 280,000
Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).
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Catalog Number GEN02F
Germination Code C(60), D
Wetland Code FACW
USDA Zones 3-6
Plant Spacing 1-2'
Sun Exposure Prairie  Savanna 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium) 
Height 2 feet 
Bloom Color Blue 
Bloom Time Aug  Sept  Oct 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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bottle gentian gentiana andrewsii
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a bumbebees behind - only insect strong enough to pry open gentian flower
bottle gentian gentiana andrewsii with orange coneflower
Gentiana-andrewsii-Bottle-Gentian-flower-late-season
Gentiana-andrewsii-Bottle-Gentian-root
Gentiana-andrewsii-Bottle-Gentian-seed
Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle Gentian)
*This map shows the current natural distribution of this species. Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
Map Key
Present in state Present in county, native to state Present in county, not native to state  
Not present in state Present historically, now extirpated    
Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) Chelone glabra (Turtlehead) Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
 
Gentiana flavida (Cream Gentian)
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