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Seaside gentian, Marshgentian
Eustoma exaltatum
Gentianaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium annual herbaceous wildlflower.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: A very attractive wildflower.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park,
Monroe County, Florida

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park,
Monroe County, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 1986
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 1988

Copyright by: Wes Jurgens


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