lisianthus - Knowledgebase Question

largo, Fl
Question by chelioo2
June 24, 2010
cant find any thing on this plant.Kindly give what you have.Lisianthus


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Answer from NGA
June 24, 2010

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Lisianthus may sound like a Latin name, but it is one of several common names associated with this plant. It is also referred to as Prairie Gentian, Prairie Rose or Texas Bluebell. The plants we grow today are derived from an American wildflower that is native to the prairie from Colorado to Nebraska and down to Texas. The wild, native plant has blue flowers; however, commercial breeders have developed plants with larger blooms in a wide color palette.

Lisianthus hybrids come in solid colors of white, light and dark pink, lavender and dark purple, and the "picotee" series of white blooms edged with pink or purple. A recent addition to the color selection is creamy white with just a hint of yellow. The varieties with double petals resemble a rose with their tightly closed buds on long stems. As the flower opens, the ruffled petals resemble those of a wild rose. The multi-branched stems have several buds that open successively.

Set out lisianthus in a sunny location after the threat of frost is past. Since they are native to prairie areas, they prefer well-drained soil. Keep the soil moist but avoid over-watering. Plant your lisianthus six to eight inches apart so they grow close together and the plants support each other. Tall, heavy blooming stems may need to be staked. Harvest the stems for cut flowers when the first buds in the spray open so you can enjoy them indoors as well as outdoors.

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