Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Gentian-Cross|
This Gentian sets itself apart from the species by its intense blue violet flowers on compact, durable, drought resistant plants.
From midsummer into early fall, clusters of small, 4-petaled flowers open and bloom at the nodes. At each node, the spoon-shaped leaves meet at angles to form a cross, thus the name Cross Gentian.
This perennial looks great in rock gardens and also makes a nice cut flower.
Intro Year: 2009
Introducer: Jelitto Perennial Seeds
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Gentians tend to grow best in cooler zones with mild summers. This variety is an alpine type, so it grows well in rock gardens sited in full sun to part shade. It is a durable, drought resistant plant once established. Plant it in well-drained, light soil with low to average moisture. If the soil stays wet, especially in winter, the plant may rot.