Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross'


Bringing an obscure blue-violet to the garden, Gentiana cruciata ‘Blue Cross’ is a low growing perennial known for its intense floral color and the cross-shaped intersections of cupped foliage that give it its common name, Cross Gentian. From late July to September, the small blue trumpet shaped flowers emerge from the leaf axils, attracting various butterfly species as well as hummingbirds and bees to their nectar. Prior to the flower buds opening, they appear as a much lighter, whitish-blue hue, giving the entire floral structure a light-to-dark gradient appearance as they bloom from bottom to top. Cross Gentian is a relatively low maintenance selection that is adaptable to a variety of site conditions, including clay soils, and becomes drought tolerant once established. Luckily, Cross Gentian is unbothered by deer and rabbits, and has no notable pest or disease issues, making it perfect for nearly any full sun to part shade situation.

  • Category: Perennials
  • Alternate Cultivar: Blue Cross
  • Hardiness Zone: 3
  • Height: 12 Inches
  • Spread: 16 Inches
  • Bloom Color: Blue


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Deer Resistant
Habit: Compact
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