Lisianthus (Eustoma, Texas Bluebell, Prairie Gentian)

 Do not Feed
  • Common Name: Lisianthus (Eustoma, Texas Bluebell, Prairie Gentian)
  • Latin Name: Eustoma grandiflorum; syn., Lisianthus russellianus, Bilamista grandiflora
  • Family Name: Gentianaceae
Flowering in late summer, the Lisianthus is not an easy plant to grow in the UK because of the heat and natural sunlight it requires, so it is often grown in a greenhouse.

It is commonly seen in florists' bouquets, and so should not be fed to tortoises from that source because of the fertiliser and pesticides that will have been used to produce an unblemished bloom.

If you live in a country where this plant grows naturally in the wild, we would still advise not to feed as we can find no evidence to say that it is either safe or harmful for tortoises, and we would prefer to err on the side of caution.

Lisianthus comes in a wide variety of colours including purple, blue, cream, white, peach, pink and many others.
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