Gentiana

Gentiana acaulis

Common name: Gentian

Family: Gentianaceae


Plant type Perennial
Height 2 to 12 inches
Spread 6 to 12 inches
Habit Low growing
Foliage Semi-evergreen
Growth rate Dwarf
Interests Flowers
Uses Rockery
Skill level Beginner
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 5
Heat zone
Sun Full sun
Moisture Dry to average
Soil type Slightly acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Barren to moderate
Water consumption Light
Site Average to exposed
Flower colour Blue, white
Flower season Mid spring to mid autumn
Flower size Medium
Foliage colour Green
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Stems
Features
Wildlife
Texture Medium

Gentians are mostly alpine perennials with upward pointing bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are borne in either spring, summer or autumn depending on the species. Most varieties have blue flowers but there are a few with white blooms.

Grow gentians in a sunny site on well drained soil, which is either acid or limey depending on the needs of the individual variety.

They are best if lifted and divided every few years in spring.

Task Calendar

SeasonDetails
Early-spring Divide as necessary

 

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