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Gentiana 'Shot Silk'
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gentian 'Shot Silk'

'Shot Silk' is a compactly-growing cultivar with upward-facing trumpet flowers in late summer and autumn. These are a deep royal blue with a violet sheen and white throats at the base. They appear white-striped in bud

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue White Green
Autumn Blue White Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Gentianaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Gentiana can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, mostly with showy, trumpet or salver-shaped flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, lime-free soil or compost in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by division of trailing stems that have produced rooted offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Gravel garden
  • Rock garden
  • Ground cover
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to slugs, snails and aphids

Diseases

Prone to root rot

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