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Gentiana saponaria L.
Harvestbells, Soapwort gentian
Synonyms: Gentiana saponaria var, saponaria, Dasystephana saponaria
USDA Symbol: GESA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Harvestbells or soapwort gentian, a perennial, grows 8-20 in. tall, having light-green, opposite, lance-shade leaves on slender stems. The blue-violet flowers are bottle-shaped, opening only partly, and occur in terminal or axillary clusters.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MI , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV Native Distribution:
S. NY to WI, s. to FL & LA Native Habitat:
Moist depressions; margins of woodland creeks & ponds USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Fertile, sandy loam.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Propagate by division or seed. Scatter seeds on a flat when ripe and cover with a fine mulch. Leaves seedings in the flat until the end of the second growing season. Divide root crowns in fall or early spring and plant 1 ft. apart. Seed Collection:
Cut stems below capsule
or shake seeds from it. Store in a sealed, refrigerated container up to four years. Seed Treatment:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff