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Gentiana sino-ornata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Trailing

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Dark Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

showy Chinese gentian

Family

Gentianaceae


Gentiana can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, mostly with showy, trumpet or salver-shaped flowers

G. sino-ornata is a perennial with trailing stems to 20cm in length, bearing narrow leaves and solitary, terminal, rich blue, funnel-shaped flowers up to 6cm in length, with white stripes within

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Suitable for rock garden or peat terrace

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division of offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to slugs, snails and aphids

Diseases

Prone to root rot