Seed Stewardship Project Gentian Seeds

Botanical Name:
Gentiana alba
Common Names:
Cream Gentian, Pale Gentian, Plain Gentian
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Due to excessive wildharvesting, Gentiana alba is listed as threatened, rare, endangered, or extinct in multiple U.S. states.

This plant is pollinator friendly and provides food for bumblebees and butterflies. It is also a beautiful plant to enjoy in the garden.


Cold-store seed before planting. Press into soil, cover with 1/4" compost, tamp securely and keep evenly moist. Transplant when robust.

Gentian prefers lime-rich soil of high-altitude meadows but can be successfully cultivated at low altitudes in warmer climates if planted in the shade.

Gentiana alba is best grown in zones 4-7. It is slow-growing but long-lived and requires little care once established. It takes 5-10 years to produce a flower from a seed.

Approximately 100 seeds per pack.


Mountain Rose Herbs created the Seed Stewardship Project to raise awareness about at-risk plants that are in need of our help. It is our hope that this solution-oriented approach of supplying free seeds to those able to plant them will help rebuild the populations of these special plants. We thank you for being a seed steward in your community and for helping us to create a ripple of change for people, plants, and planet.
*While supplies last. If we are unable to include the free seeds in your order due to inventory, we ask that you add them to your next order. We will not be able to back order or exchange the free seeds. We are also unable to add them to you order after your order is placed. If placing a phone order, please mention which free seed packet you would like. 


We've created this community map for seed stewards to add individual pins, showcasing which seeds have been planted and where. We hope to fill the map with pins, as we rebuild the populations of these special plants. Explore the map below, and click on any pin to see details and user-added photos. Want to add your own pin? Add your free seed packet to any regular order, then scan the QR code once you receive your seeds.