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Gentiana ornata

decorated gentian

A low-growing, semi-evergreen perennial, with basal rosettes of ovate bright green leaves. In autumn, trailing stems with linear leaves bear pale blue, bell-shaped flowers at the tips, which are streaked with purple and cream on the outsides

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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
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Blue Cream Purple Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
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
Semi evergreen
Habit
Tufted, Trailing
Genus

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

Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
Himalaya

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in reliably moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid or neutral soil. Site in sun where summers are cool and damp; in areas with warm, dry summers these plants are best grown in light or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs and snails, and to aphids and red spider mite when grown under glass

Diseases

May be susceptible to a rust, and to stem rot caused by soil fungus

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