Plant types and subtypes: Biennials, Annuals
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: neutral, rich, loam, sand
Bloom Time: September, October, November
Bloom Color: violet, blue
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6
Additional Tags: colonizing, cottage garden plant, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant
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Gentianopsis crinitaAlso known as:
greater fringed gentian,
Anthopogon crinitum, Gentiana crinita, Gentiana ventricosa, Gentianella crinita
the greater fringed gentian is a stunningly beautiful flower. It grows up to 3', is often stemmed and bears vivid blue, to violet, delicately fringed terminal flowers.
Gentianopsis crinita can tolerate part-shade, but requires a minimum of direct sun to open. It is so light sensitive, that flowers might remain closed on overcast days. It is found naturalized in moist open meadows, water margins, and at the edge of open woods. This species sometimes grows as an annual (its entire life cycle is completed in one year), sometimes a biennial (the life cycle is completed in two years. in this case, it will only produce flowers the second year after germination). However, it self seed readily enough that it can be used as if it were a perennial. It can be a stunning addition to a cottage garden where it will provide vivid colors late in the season, when very little else is in bloom. Flowers from September until November frosts. Zones 3-6
Propagate from seed. Collected seeds should not be allowed to dry out before sowing.
Native populations have become increasingly rare. Specimens should not be collected from the wild.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: MD, NC
- Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
- Special Concern: NC
- Threatened: GA, NH, RI
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