Seaside gentian, Marshgentian
Eustoma exaltatum
Gentianaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium annual herbaceous wildlflower.
Height:
About 1-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Southeastern, midwestern and western United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Habitats:
Coastal wetlands.
Soils:
Wet to moist, poorly-drained to occasionally inundated brackish or freshwater soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Rose-purple or white with a dark purple center.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy, 3/4" long.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak December-August.
Fruit:
An inconspicuous sticky capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
A very attractive wildflower.


Chuck McCartney, 1988
Chuck McCartney, 1986
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park,
Monroe County, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park,
Monroe County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
Wes Jurgens

Shirley Denton