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Eustoma exaltatum ssp. exaltatum (Catchfly prairie gentian)
Cressler, Alan

Eustoma exaltatum ssp. exaltatum

Eustoma exaltatum (L.) Salisb. ex G. Don ssp. exaltatum

Catchfly Prairie Gentian, Bluebell Gentian, Western Blue Gentian, Blue Marsh Lily, Small Bluebell

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Eustoma barkleyi

USDA Symbol: euexe2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , FL , LA , MS , NM , TX
Native Habitat: central Texas; low spots on praries, low open ground, or disturbed sites

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Whether this plant is a separate species from Eustoma Russellianium (Bluebell) or not is still up for debate, and the only telling difference between this species and the regular Bluebell is their size. Small Bluebells will not grow over one foot in height.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Eustoma exaltatum ssp. exaltatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eustoma exaltatum ssp. exaltatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eustoma exaltatum ssp. exaltatum


Record Modified: 2014-10-07
Research By: NPC

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