Stiff Gentian (Gentianella quinquefolia)

Stiff Gentian (Gentianella quinquefolia)

This beautiful purple wildflower blooms in early fall. It’s short stature makes it great for smaller gardens and borders. Stiff Gentian is a biennial, not a perennial, so it flowers during its second year before completing its life cycle and re-seeding


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Medium
Height:    18 inches
Blooms:    Aug, Sept, Oct
Color:    Purple
Spacing:    1′
Zones:    3-8
Benefits:    Pollinators

Design Tips

Since Stiff Gentian is a biennial, plant it in a restoration or garden with bare soil that allows it to reseed. Too much mulch will prevent the seeds from germinating.

Companion Plants

Prairie Phlox
Wild Garlic
Blue Grama Grass