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Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross'

Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross' - Gentian - Photo courtesy of Jelitto® Seed

More About Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross'

  • Bell-shaped flowers are dark blue in colour
  • Hints of icy blue at the rim of each bell
  • Blooms appear up and down the stems at the nodes
  • Narrow, thick, glossy, spoon-shaped leaves intersect to resemble a cross
  • Plant in the rock garden or in mixed containers
  • Compact, durable habit
  • More drought tolerant than other species of gentiana
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to early fall

Zone:

3

Height:

20-30 cm

Spread:

30-40 cm

Colour:

Blue (deep)
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Gentian Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to moist, acidic, well-drained soil, in partial shade and where it will be protected from the hot, afternoon sun. Winter wet sites may result in root rot. Primarily grown in alpine habitats where summers are cool and damp. Gentiana cruciata cultivars are generally more tolerant of dry periods than others in the genus.


Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross' Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Compact
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Woodland/woods edge