One the the best blue flowers for the gardener are gentians..Ask a gardener to name a blue flower and gentians often spring to mind.

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About Gentian

They are symbols for alpine flora and as most hail from mountainous regions, they are ideal subjects for the rock garden.Gentiana is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the gentian family, the tribe Gentianeae, and the monophyletic subtribe Gentianinae. With about 400 species it is considered a large genus.

The ultimate example of their alpine nature is the fact that gentians grow on the slopes of Mt. Everest at an elevation of 18,000 feet! As a genus, they are indeed primarily alpine in nature, occurring in the mountains of western North America, Europe, Andes, Himalayas and Australia/New Zealand.

However, with well over 200 species, there are actually some gentians which are better suited for the perennial border or woodland garden.They range from just a few centimeters to giants up to 2 m. The predominant colour is blue, but they do come in white, yellow, purple, red and even green.

Strangely, while blue is the dominant colour, those which hail from Australia/ New Zealand are almost all white-flowered! Their trumpet-like flowers are primarily adapted to pollination by bees, which, as a rule, are attracted to blue flowers.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Gentiana andrewsii
Maximum Reachable Height 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Flower Colour green-yellow, tinged with purple colour.
Bloom Time October
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

Not the easiest species to grow or look after, Gentiana requires a moist soil, so water regularly but do not drench the plants; never disturb the roots or move the plants during the growing season.
If you require more Gentiana plants it is best to purchase them from a garden centre; or very carefully propagate Gentiana by division once they have finished blooming.

Gentian care

It is probably easiest to grow Gentiana species such as Gentian from plants purchased from garden centres; even then these are not the easiest of plants to grow.
Once you have Gentiana seedlings transplant them into the garden in the autumn or spring at a spacing of 15 to 30 cm (most Gentiana varieties) or about 50cm if you are growing one of the taller Gentiana species.

Sunlight Part shade
Watering Medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 20 to 25 degrees
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Gentian special feature

Best in part shade areas of rock gardens, woodland or shade gardens, wild flower gardens, native plant gardens or along streams or ponds. Also may be grown in shady areas of borders.

Gentian uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • The plant is used in folk medicine to treat diabetes mellitus, rheumatisum, abdominal ulcers, hernia, swelling, itching and insect poisoning

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Gentian ?

Gentian is commonly known as Gentiana andrewsii

How tall do Gentian grow?

On average Gentian grows 1.00 to 2.00 feet

What color are Gentian ?

A Gentian plant bears flowers of color green-yellow, tinged with purple colour.

When Gentian blooms?

With enough light, Gentian may produce green-yellow, tinged with purple colour. flowers in October

How hard is Gentian to grow?

A Gentian is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Gentian need?

A Gentian prefers Part shade

How much water does a Gentian need?

A Gentian prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Gentian need?

A Gentian prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Gentian like?

A Gentian prefers 20 to 25 degrees

How often should I fertilize my Gentian ?

To encourage Gentian growth, Apply any organic fertilizer



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