Gentiana saponaria

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Soapwort Gentian


Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue,purple
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Garden flower for wet sites. Blooms in late summer-early fall.
Propagation:Typically transplanted (don't harvest from the wild!). Difficult to grow from seed.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Bumblebees are an important pollinator for this species.  Small beetles feed on the pollen.

Native Habitats:Moist woods, stream banks, moist roadsides.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:The range of this plant barely makes it into Florida and only 2 locations have been documented.  It is not rare in states to the north.