Plant of the Week

Let me introduce you to a favorite plant in my Northwest Indiana garden, zone 5. The map at right will help you understand your area's zone number. See the links below the maps for moon phases, sunrise, and sunset information.

Gentian 'Nikita'


Gentian 'Nikita' (Gentiana dahurica) is grown for the clusters of true-blue tubular shaped flowers that bloom in mid-summer. It prefers moist, well-drained, humus rich soil in full sun to partial shade. This variety has long, narrow, lanceolate leaves and is more sprawling than other Gentians. With the flowers, the height is about 12 to 16 inches. Hardy in zones 3-8, this perennial adds a bold accent in butterfly gardens, beds and borders.

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Revised:  November 20, 2017