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Plant Name:

Bottle Gentian

Scientific Name:

Gentiana andrewsii


Bottle Gentian is a native perennial herb with vibrant blue flowers that are shaped like bottles or tubes. The flowers are not easily accessed by most insects, and it is often bumblebees that are strong enough to pry open the petals and access the nectar within.


Moist meadows, wetlands, and prairies


Bottle Gentian attracts bumblebees and other native pollinators that are capable of reaching the nectar deep within the flower.

Growing Conditions:

Bottle Gentian prefers moist, well-drained soil in partial shade to full sun.


Bottle Gentian is used in traditional herbal medicine for its bitter properties. It is also a popular ornamental plant in gardens and natural landscapes.

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Fun Facts:

Bottle Gentian is sometimes called "Closed Gentian" because the flowers remain closed unless a strong pollinator, such as a bumblebee, opens them.

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