Downy Gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

Botanical names:
Gentiana puberulenta Accepted
Gentiana puberula Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies

Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 26, 2011 1:57 AM

About the last to bloom plants in the fall. This beauty stands at about a foot with v.deep blue flowers densely clustered in groupings of 3 to 10.
Dry to moist prairies - preferred habitat. A wildflower in Illinois found occasionally usually in the northern counties. Can survive first frosts.
Winnebagos and Dakotas used a tea brewed from the leaves as a tonic.Mesquakies used root to treat snakebite.

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