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Bolivar Naturally


Eustoma exaltatum

Alternate Names: Texas bluebells, Showy prairie gentian

Family: (Gentianaceae) Gentian

Habitat: Moist prairies and fields

Height: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Period: May - October

Description: Very showy, bluebells have become somewhat rare because of over-collection. If found in the wild, it should only be transplanted if its habitat is facing destruction. This plant prefers sandy soil; it does very well next to streams or other wet areas. Wild bluebells are either annual or biennial. Cultivated plants are perennial.

Propagation Tips: Plants are available commercially. Collect seed in June when seeds inside capsule are black.

Bluebells close-up of bloom

Don Verser


Winnie Burkett