The Q&A Archives: Lisianthus

Question: Can I grow lisianthus in the Northwest? I live in zone 5 and would really like to try growing these beautiful flowers.

Answer: Lisianthus is Eustoma grandiflorum, or Texas Bluebell. It grows in full sunshine and produces tulip-shaped flowers in purplish blue, pink, or white. Plants like rich garden soil, good drainage, and average fertilizing. You can plant in pots, or use in a border or cutting garden. If planting in the garden, allow plenty of room for the clumps of foliage and 1 1/2 foot flowering stems. Lisianthus is a biennial or short-lived perennial, but you can allow the dust-like seeds to scatter themselves in the garden plot for continued bloom.

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