It is the peak of fall at Powell Gardens and there is still a bounty of flowers, foliage and produce throughout the gardens.
Closed or Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii) is one of the true blue flowers we can grow and a must-see in person each fall. Who do you think pollinates such a unique flower? The answer is big bumblebees that are strong enough to open the twisted shut end of the flower. The bumblebee climbs into the flower and then there is a whole lot of shak’n going on! Trick or treat? Well the flower does reward the bumblebee with some wonderful nectar and gets pollinated in the process. Look for a nice mass of this native gentian in the New Millennium border of the Perennial Garden.