Gentiana asclepiadea

willow gentian

Named for King Gentius of Illyria (500 BC) who was reputed to have discovered the medicinal virtues of the genus, the 400 or so species of gentians provide some of the bluest plants in nature. 

The willow gentian is a species from moist, open woodlands of central and eastern Europe. It's one of the most admired of the family and is a tallish plant that produces long arching stems, the tips of which often touch the ground. 

In late summer they carry with vivid blue bell like flowers on either side of the stem. 

A perfect plant for a choice position in the partially shady garden. 

Easy to grow in humus rich, moisture retentive soil. Will scorch in hot sun. 

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Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Gentianaceae    

Hardy perennial    

H7    

80cm    

50cm    

Rich green    

Blue     

Moist, humus rich    

Sun, partial shade

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