Gentiana

Gentiana acaulis in May

Gentiana acaulis in May


Gentiana acaulis in May

Gentiana acaulis in May


Gentiana andrewsii in October

Gentiana andrewsii in October


Gentiana clusii ssp. undulatifolia in May

Gentiana clusii ssp. undulatifolia in May


Gentiana cruciata in July

Gentiana cruciata in July


Gentiana cruciata in July

Gentiana cruciata in July


Gentiana gracilipes in June

Gentiana gracilipes in June


Gentiana paradoxa in August

Gentiana paradoxa in August


Gentiana pumila v. delphinensi in May

Gentiana pumila v. delphinensi in May


Gentiana pumila v. delphinensis in May

Gentiana pumila v. delphinensis in May


Gentiana septemfida in August

Gentiana septemfida in August


Gentiana septemfida 'Lagodechiana' in August

Gentiana septemfida ‘Lagodechiana’ in August


Gentiana straminea in June

Gentiana straminea in June


Gentiana striata in June

Gentiana striata in June


Gentiana striata in July

Gentiana striata in July


Gentiana 'True Blue' in September

Gentiana ‘True Blue’ in September


Gentiana 'TrueBlue' in July

Gentiana ‘TrueBlue’ in July

(Under construction)
This family of primarily blue flower perennials is intriguing to me. I don’t know of any other gardeners that do not like Gentian. Depending on the species, some bloom in spring and others in the fall or close to it. It is commonly known that Gentians are not easy to keep in the garden. I need to remind myself to pay more attention to them; still learning.
I am trying to increase the varieties we have; still in an early stage of collecting.

Gentiana acaulis

This is probably the most showy Gentian in my garden. I hope the voles are willing to leave me some as each season progresses.

Gentiana andrewsii

This is an interesting Gentian with flowers that do not open, so called ‘bottle gentian’. I came across some similar Gentian flowers (white form) growing wild at our cottage (most likely Gentiana clausa alba which is native to our area). If you wonder how they pollinate without opening the flower, apparently, they allow large bees to muscle in to pollinate.

Gentiana clusii ssp. undulatifolia

Gentiana cruciata

I grow this from seeds obtained from ORGHPS. This Gentian appears to be vigorous and bushy with beautiful dark green foliage. If they turn out to be not invasive (like self sow wildly), they will make ideal ground cover everywhere around the garden for edging the front of borders and paths.

Gentiana gracilipes

Gentiana paradoxa

Gentiana pumila v. delphinensis

Gentiana septemfida

Gentiana septemfida ‘Lagodechiana’

I acquired a Gentiana septemfida ‘Lagodechiana’ in one of those casual browsing at a garden centre. It was doing really well for many years before it was completely destroyed by voles one year. It indicated to me that some Gentians are not difficult to grow. The lesson was to take divisions and keep as many around as possible.

Gentiana straminea

Gentiana ‘True Blue’

This is one of the best blue Gentians, and appears to be willing to live in my garden.

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