Late Horse Gentian (10 Seeds) perennial
- A quite rare woodland plant in the wild, it grows up to 1 m tall with a robust appearance and produces lonicera-like, red flowers in axillary whorls. They are followed by orange berries with persistent sepals in the fall. The whole plant is covered by soft glandular hairs. An interesting species for the edge of the woodland garden; also good for the pollinators.
Wild Coffee-Late Horse Gentian - Seeds (Triosteum perfoliatum) Also known as Wild Coffee, Feverwort, Tinker Weed-10 seeds
Late Horse Gentian has a very small yet attractive red summer flower but is best known for its beautiful fall orange fruit. Another common name is Feverwort.Small bronze flowers are followed by bright orange berries in clusters up and down stems covered with bright-green foliage.The berries of the Wild Coffee last from summer, through frosts, into winter, bringing cheer, color, birds and wildlife into winter gardens. The seeds were roasted and used as a coffee substitute, and this plant was included in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia in the 1800s
Mix seeds with moist substrate (vermiculite, perlite or moss) and place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 6-8 weeks. Sow seed at soil surface. Do not let seedling dry out while it is establishing. Sow directly outdoors in late fall to overwinter.