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Blue Cross Gentian

Finally, an Easy-Care Gentian


We ship this item in Spring

  • SKU: 65952
  • Zones: 3-7
  • Height: 8 - 10 inches
  • Shade Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to fall.
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Blue Cross Gentian

Gardeners love Gentians for their rich blue flowers. They're such a fresh breath of cool color. However, Gentians are generally finicky plants. So the variety we offer is Blue Cross-all that glorious color its genus is known for, on a hardy, tough and drought tolerant plant that deer tend to avoid. It's so easy to grow! The buds start cream, open blue and mature to deep blue, on arching stems. Each cluster is nestled into a cross-section of four grey-green leaves, which led to the name Blue Cross. This plant stays compact, only growing 10" tall, so it's perfect for pots and the front border. It won't require much care or maintenance, but it will require a little patience. This is a slow growing plant. That makes it more manageable if you plant to put it in a pot or front border. Plus, it grows exceptionally strong, tough and beautiful, so it is well worth the wait!
Product Details
  • Botanical NameGentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross'
  • Ships As2.5" POT
  • Height8 - 10 inches
  • Spacing12 - 18 inches
  • Spread12 - 18 inches
  • Light RequirementsFull Sun, Partial Shade
  • Color Descriptionblue
  • Foliage TypeLance-shaped, 3-4" long, medium green leaves.
  • Bloom TimeMidsummer to fall.
  • Flower FormVery small, bell-shaped flowers in clusters.
  • Soil RequirementsPrefers average, well-drained soil.
  • Growth RateModerate.
  • PruningPruning is not necessary. Pruning is not necessary.
  • Winter CareNone, except to mulch the first winter.
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Zones3-7
  • Planting InstructionsDig a hole twice the size of the pot your plant came in. Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface, fill in around the root ball with soil, firm soil with your fingers, and water thoroughly.

Shipping Information:

Plants, fertilizer and other supplies* will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below.

2019 Spring Shipping Schedule


  Bulbs, Potted Plants and &  

1A-4B  4/29/19 - 6/21/19 
5A  4/1/19 - 6/21/19 
5B  3/18/19 - 6/21/19 
6A-6B  3/4/19 - 6/21/19 
7A-7B  2/25/19 - 6/21/19 
8A-8B  2/18/19 - 6/21/19 
9A-10B  2/11/19 - 6/21/19 
  Last Order Date   Zones 1-7: June 17, 2019
Zones 8-10: June 17, 2019

*Fertilizer and other supplies ordered apart from plant orders are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Other Notes:

We aim for your order to be in your hands at the ideal time to plant, every time. Our growers must anticipate their supply based on the season they expect. Our experts predict weather patterns as best they can to set suitable shipping windows for each growing zone. However, as any gardener knows, nature is not so predictable. The type of product you order, along with the weather in your area or ours, may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Based on the contents of your order, we always strive to ship the order complete and as early as possible. However, sometimes this may result in a delay of some items that are ready before others. Our customers have suggested that they would rather wait to receive their order as complete as possible. If you would like to receive part of your order ahead of time, please reach out to our customer service department and we can accommodate. Orders with large items may be shipped in more than one package. There is no extra charge if your order requires more than one package.

Bareroot perennials, trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant. This promotes optimum transit conditions and provides your new plant with the best opportunity for success in your garden.

Trees and other oversize items cannot be shipped to PO boxes.

After you place your order, you will receive an email confirmation with the details of your order and a delivery estimate. You will also receive an email notification when your order ships with an updated arrival estimate and tracking information.

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Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

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