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Texas Bluebells

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Eustoma grandiflorum

Eustoma grandiflorum, commonly called prairie gentian, bluebell gentian, or lisianthus, is native to prairies and fields from northern Mexico north to Colorado and Nebraska. A biennial or annual that grows on erect single to sometimes branching stems rising to 3’ tall. Large gentian-like bell-shaped flowers with flaring pale purple petal-like lobes bloom from the upper leaf axils in summer.

Garden cultivars typically grow 18-30” tall, although some dwarf varieties are available. Cultivars also offer a broader range of flower colors, including shades of pink, blue-violet, and white. Some double-flowered types are also available. Ovate to oblong, 3-5 veined, stem-clasping, gray-green leaves (to 3” long). Excellent cut flower. Synonymous with Lisianthus russellianus.

Biennial that will survive winters in USDA Zones 8-10. It is quickly grown in average, uniformly moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Growing from seed can be rather tricky because the seed is dust particle size, and it takes about five months from planting to first bloom, all of which precludes direct sowing in the ground in spring. If grown from seed, start seed indoors at least 10-12 weeks before the last frost date. Set seedlings or purchased plants out after the last frost date. Pinch young plants to encourage branching.

Height: 1’-3.5
Spread 1’-1.5’
Bloom: June-Frost
Light: Full Sun
Water: Medium
Zone: 8, 9, 10
Origin: Texas

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