Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Northeastern North America.
Zones: 3-7 (2-8).
Bog Gentian, Gentiana linearis, or Narrowleaf Gentian, is a charming, medium sized, fall blooming, blue flowering, bog plant. Leaves are narrow, lance shaped, and paired opposite down the stem. Flowers are a blue with a tint of violet, and appear as closed blooms in sets pf 3 or more with singular flowers lower on the plant. Flowers are typically August through December, and give some of the last color in the bog before snows. It seeds readily. Gentians prefers the open, wet ares of bogs and meadows. Water with rain/distilled water. Bog Gentians add nice color to the Fall Bog Garden. They grow well in and among Pitcher Plants.
For Gentians, each portion is a rooted, growing plant and size refers to age: small (1-2 years), medium (2-4 years), large (5+ years old).
Height: 6" - 12+".
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate.
Soil: General Bog Mix.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5.
Light: Full to Partial Sun.
Use: Pretty blue Fall Flowers among carnivorous plants.