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Wildflowers
by common name

Blue Gentian
Blue Gentian
Gentiana

Requirements:

Water - Moist to wet
Soil Type - Sandy loam
Soil pH - slightly acidic to neutral
Light - Full sun

Characteristics:

Flower colors - Blue-purple
Height - up to 2 ft.
Time of Bloom - July - August
Propagation - seed
Transplants - ?

Found in open, wet areas near the Raquette River reservoirs in St. Lawrence Co. Blue Gentians are more difficult to locate than most wildflowers listed on this site. Since they are not found on my property I have not attempted to transplant or cultivate any. I would assume they are not hard to transplant and care for if garden conditions are suitable. The primary requirement would be a constant moist soil.
The distinguishing characteristic of these plants are their closed, tube like flowers.
Turtleheads are also found growing in similar conditions.
Blue Gentain