Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross'

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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


  10 Inches
  10 Inches
Flower Color:
  Blue shades
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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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
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Long blooming

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.