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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Gentiana Andrewsii / Family: Gentianaceae
Bottle Gentian, Swink/Wilhelm #8


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FLOWERING: Late August to late October

SEED TIMING: Late October to early November

HABITAT: Wet to mesic prairie

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1/2 to 2 feet. Doesn’t like tall neighbors. Lance-shaped, stemless, opposite leaves tend to bend downward. Flowers are deep blue and never open forming a bottle shape.

TO PICK: Flower petals turn tan, enclosing a seed pod that elongates and opens to release thousands of tan, wafer-like seeds. If seeds are sticky, wet, or pale green they are not ripe enough to pick. Shake pods into a small plastic bag to collect seeds or pick whole pod.


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