Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Eustoma grandiflorum ‘Forever Blue’, photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby
Eustoma grandiflorum ‘Forever Blue’, photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones 1-24
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Eustoma grandiflorum

Lisianthus, Tulip Gentian, Texas Bluebell
Gentianaceae
Perennials, Flowers

Native to high plains of the West. Longtime favorite for pots, borders, and especially for cutting gardens. In summer, a foot-wide clump of gray-green foliage sends up 1–3-ft. stems topped by tulip-shaped, 2–3-in. flowers in purplish blue, pink, or white; these are excellent in bouquets. Bloom lasts all summer if old blossoms are cut off. Fully double flowers of Double Eagle and Echo series resemble roses. Color range of single-flowered Heidi series includes red and a so-called yellow (actually ivory). ‘Forever White’ and ‘Forever Blue’ are bushy and compact, to about 1 ft. high, with large single blooms. Mermaid and Lizzy are dwarf (8-in.) strains. For a pretty patio display, grow several purplish-flowered lisianthus plants in a large brown stoneware pot with lower purple-flowered angelonias. Soften the pot’s edges with a trailing chartreuse bacopa(Sutera cordata ‘Gold ’n Pearls’).

All need good garden soil, good drainage. Plants grow better and have longer stems where nights are warm. Best cut flowers are produced in greenhouses. Tallest types may need staking.

You Might Also Like...

Belamcanda chinensis

Native to East Asia; forms fans of sword-shaped leaves from slowly creeping rhizomes. The plants are p...

Brunnera macrophylla

These big-leafed woodlandplants thrive in the rich organicsoil under tall trees and shrubs.They grow i...

Psylliostachys suworowii

Absolutely covered with slender, sinuous spikes of pink or lavender-pink blossoms in summer, this annu...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement