Gentiana makinoi

autumn gentian

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Outstanding Qualities

Spinning the color wheel brings many choices when thinking about flower color, although finding a true blue is sometimes elusive. Sure, there are many perennials with flowers that are said to be blue, but are really shades of purple. Gentians are of that elite group whose flowers are a genuine blue! The flowers of autumn gentian are a stunning azure and bloom in late summer to early fall.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: true blue flowers in late summer to early fall

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, purple, violet

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun to light shade in soil that is well-drained. Provide regular water during the dry season.