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Foliage is a deep, leathery, shiny green.

Flowers are diminutive, but very attractive especially when in full bloom

Growth habit in full bloom: deep greens and rich blues

Cross Gentian
Gentiana cruciata


Leaves are basal in rosettes, dark green and lanceolate with an almost leathery quality and grow in a decussate, or X formation, on purplish stems. Striking blue flowers are small, campanulate, with four lobes and in terminal or axillary clusters.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: rounded/mounded

Plant Use: In beds and borders.

Light Requirement: full sun

Flower Color:
dark blue
Bloom Period:
late summer
early fall
Height: Minimum: 8 inches      Maximum: 16 inches

Width: Minimum: 12 inches     Maximum: 16 inches

Foliage Texture: medium

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: More forgiving than most Gentians, it is reportedly the easiest to grow.

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