Gentiana asclepiadea AGM

Gentianaceae

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Gentiana ascelpiadea
 

Habitat: partial shade, not too dry

Flowering: late summer, early autumn

Height: 80 cm

Width: 30 cm

Soil: not too fussy, but best with some humus

The willow gentian is an excellent perennial, soon forming a clump of upright leafy stems, with a pair of flowers from each leaf axil. The standard form has tubular blue flowers, but we also offer some variations on the theme. The colour forms usually come true from seed.

Gentiana asclepiadea is the most common form, in which the tubular, bright blue flowers are not widely flared at the end, unlike in 'Knightshayes'.
GAX-9
9 cm pot £4.00

Gentiana asclepiadea varieties - some other suggestions
gentiana_asclepiadea_alba.jpg Gentiana asclepiadea 'Alba' is a form with good, clear white flowers.
gentiana_asclepiadea_knightshayes2.jpg Gentiana asclepiadea 'Knightshayes' is a strain with quite different flowers from the type, widely flared open, shaped like those of most of the small autumn gentians, and an equally good blue colour.
invisible.gif Gentiana asclepiadea 'Nana' is a compact version of the willow gentian, as usual with flared tubular blue flowers lining the upright stems.
invisible.gif Gentiana asclepiadea 'Phyllis' is a form with lovely pale eggshell blue flowers.
invisible.gif Gentiana asclepiadea 'Whitethroat' has flowers with a white throat, spread out along its erect, arching stems.