Gentianella quinquefolia, Stiff Gentian
Pictures to Come!
This is a new plant for us at Shelterwood; a bit like Bottle Gentian, but shorter and shorter lived. After bloom, it should continue via self-seeding. We typically avoid selling biennials (like Campanula americana) because they are a better value when grown by seed, but in the case of Stiff Gentian, I've given over to curiosity. Maybe you will too.
A late bloomer providing blue-purple blooms into October on stiff, red-green stems, Stiff Gentian appears to do well in wetter and drier soils, full to part sun. With that in mind, it may be a good candidate for the conventional flower garden as well as wetland edges and raingardens. Some say it works just as well on bluffs, so if you're feeling adventurous, a well-draining location might work too!
Blooms: blue-purple, September into October
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Conditions: sun to pt sun, wet, moist to medium-dry soils