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Alpine RockeryHerbaceous Perennial

Gentiana saxosa

rock gentian

G. saxosa is a summer flowering evergreen perennial. It has basal rosettes of fleshy, dark green spoon-shaped, sometimes linear, often with a brown-purple tinge. Between 1-5 flowers are found on short leafy stems. Flowers are white, 2cm long, bell-shaped, with faint green or purple-brown veining

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Grey Silver Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Gentianaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
New Zealand

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant in moist, well-drained, humus rich soil. If summers are cool and damp, plant in full-sun. Shade preferred for hot sun and warm, dry summers. Would be suitable for rock and alpine gardens

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division

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

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, slugs and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to soft rot

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