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Gentiana puberulenta (Downy gentian)
Sherman, Doug

Gentiana puberulenta

Gentiana puberulenta J. Pringle

Downy gentian

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Gentiana puberula

USDA Symbol: gepu5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A slender, upright, slightly downy, single-stemmed plant, 6-18 in. tall. Funnel-shaped, purplish-blue flowers are clustered in leaf axils near the top of the stem.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , ND , NE , NY , OH , OK , SD , TN , WI , WV
Canada: ON , QC
Native Distribution: W. NY to WI & Man., s. to TN, AR & KS
Native Habitat: Mesic to dry, calcareous, prairies, sandy ridges & open woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Description: Calcareous soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Gentiana puberulenta in USDA Plants
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Record Modified: 2013-06-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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