Gentiana andrewsii

Bottle Gentian

$3.00 - $15.00

1/8 oz.
1/4 oz.
1/2 oz.
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Bare Root Plants
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Tray of 32
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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.

Live Plant Shipping Table

Spring Fall Age/Size
Dormant Bare Roots April/May October 2 years
Potted Trays of 32 April/May N/A 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep pots

Gentiana andrewsii - Bottle Gentian

Map Key

Present in state
Present but introduced in county
Present and native in county; not rare
Not present in state
Present and native in county; rare
Species extirpated (historic)
State or county listed as noxious
Present in state; exotic

This map shows the native and introduced (adventive) range of this species. Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.

3 Questions asked on Gentiana andrewsii

What are the alternative uses for this flower, Bottle Gentian?
Thanks for writing, Avril. We love Bottle Gentian for its late-season blossoms, and we enjoy watching its main pollinators, bumblebees, pry open the closed flowers. We’re aware that some gentians are used in herbal preparations for gastric stimulation and fever reduction, but we have no expertise in this field and would encourage further research.
I have a fairly well established bottled gentian plant but seeing a blight for the first time this year. On the upper most leaves. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Hi Vi. Does the damage seem to be decreasing the vigor of the plant? I’m not sure where you are located, but here in Minnesota it has been a very wet spring and summer. The high humidity and wet leaves are conditions most fungal disease thrive in. Gentians tend to host a Septoria leaf spot which may have a similar appearance to blights. The leaf spot is mostly cosmetic damage, and the overall health of the plant should not be impacted. Removing affected leaves is a good first step. If we finally get a dry spell, the spots should clear up.

Local University Extension offices may have more specific resources and advice for treating specific diseases.
My bottle gentians are floppy. They get about 4 hrs of sun. What can I do next year to prevent this? My ideas so far -- 1) move to a sunnier spot; 2) Pinch back in the spring to encourage branching; 3) use plant supports. Thanks.
Hi Rosemary. I think all 3 could be effective, but most notebly I think providing natural plant support in the form of other native grasses and flowers near by would be best. We have Bottle Gentian in a small office prairie here, mesic soil, that only gets morning sun by late summer and into the fall. They are not flopping over but they have lots of Asters, Coneflowers, and prairie grasses to lean on.


Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

Dormant Bare Root Plants

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

US Shipping & Handling Charges

SEED $100.00 and under: $5.00
Retail SEED orders over $100.00 ship free!

Custom seed mixes or discounted seed sales over $100, add 5% of the total seed cost
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required)

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $9.00
over $50.00: 18% of the total plant cost. (For orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required.)

TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

**We are required to collect state sales tax in certain states. Your state's eligibility and % will be calculated at checkout. MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders picked up at our MN location. Shipping & handling charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Shipping Season

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within 1-3 business days.

BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 32/38/50 plugs and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve). We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May. Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.


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Germination Code
Life Cycle
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium
2 feet
Bloom Time
August, September, October
Bloom Color
Pollinator Favorite: butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, beetles
Deer Resistant
Highly recommended for home landscaping
USDA Zones
Plant Spacing
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