|Gentiana andrewsii blooming in my garden now|
Since I decided to blog about this plant, I discovered that it is probably Gentiana andrewsii, a plant native to more easterly and cold parts of the U.S. than Washington state. I also found that it grows in moist woods, thickets and low lying areas near streams and ponds. Also, if left alone in optimal growing conditions it is supposed to form large clumps. That has not happened with my plant and I think the reason may be that I have it in too dry a spot. I shall have to move it.
In researching this plant I also found that it is offered for sale by Plant Delights Nursery. I may have to order some so that I can increase the number of plants I have of this. I hate to have only a singleton plant of anything worth growing, and I now conclude that is worth growing because of the shot of blue it gives to the garden in a season where blue in rare.