|Botanical Name||Eustoma grandiflorum|
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Native to the Midwest prairies, prairie gentian is an initially slow growing plant with remarkable beauty. The purple/pink flowers, which bloom over a period of time from July-September, are silky smooth like rose flowers. This plants tap root allows it to withstand some droughty conditions in well drained soils and full sun, where it prefers to grow. The seed is incredibly small and fall broadcast seeding’s work best for early summer germination the following year. Slow to establish, it grows to a height of 1-2 feet, but can be pinched off to promote branching after it begins to develop.