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Lisianthus, Tulip Gentian, Texas Bluebell
Scientific Name: Eustoma grandiflorum (L.) Cass.
Synonym: Lisianthus russelianus
Family: Gentianaceae
Lisianthus, Tulip Gentian, Texas Bluebell (Eustoma  grandiflorum) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 4-8 as annual, 9-10 perennial

Heat Tolerance: Good in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Wild species from western USA, garden varieties selectioned in Japan

Growth Habits: Biennial or half hardy annual, 12 inches tall (30 cm) or more, 12 inches in spread (30 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular to occasional water, need good drainage.

Propagation: Seeds

The large 2 to 3-inch flowers (5-7 cm) of the Texas bluebell are a welcome addition to flower beds and borders. They are one of the good summer annuals in Phoenix.

Lisianthus, Tulip Gentian, Texas Bluebell (Eustoma  grandiflorum)

Blooming Habits:
Eustomas bloom from May to September and are good cut flower. The flowers are simple or double, and blue to rose-red depending on the variety

Fruiting Habits:

Get young plants in spring, or sow indoor in January. The seeds should not be covered, and the pot should probably be kept in a plastic bag until the seedlings have some true leaves, to prevent them from drying. They can be planted outside 8 to 12 weeks after the last frost date. Pinch young plants to promote bushiness, and remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms.

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