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Gentiana sino-ornata

showy Chinese gentian

G. sino-ornata is a perennial with trailing stems to 20cm in length, bearing narrow leaves and solitary, terminal, rich blue, funnel-shaped flowers up to 6cm in length, with white stripes within

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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
Summer Green
Autumn Blue White Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Gentianaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Trailing
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Tibet, China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Suitable for rock garden or peat terrace

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division of offsets in spring

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

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to slugs, snails and aphids

Diseases

Prone to root rot

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