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 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.
Photo: © Jelitto
Moist, humus rich
Sun, partial shade
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