Gentiana saponaria

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Soapwort Gentian


Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue,purple
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Moist woods, stream banks, moist roadsides.


Recommended Uses:Garden flower for wet sites. Blooms in late summer-early fall.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



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