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Gentiana acaulis
Trumpet Gentian
Zone 2 to Zone 9
Plant Shapes: Carpet

Native to the European Alps, this spring-flowering Gentian is a much-loved alpine plant that is not always the easiest to grow. It forms a low, slow-spreading carpet of pointed green leaves, bearing large upfacing funnel-shaped flowers in the most amazing shade of deep, true blue. Requires a rich, acidic and evenly moist soil, and has a distinct preference for cool-summer climates. Often performs best in a rock garden situation, where the roots can stay cool and moist. Protect from hot afternoon sun. Consider this plant to be a challenge for the more advanced gardener, though beginner’s luck is a distinct possibility!

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Conditions     Appearance    
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
  Partial Shade

Soil Type

Soil pH

Soil Moisture

Care Level

Foot Traffic

Rate of Spread
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue

Blooming Time
  Late Spring
  Mid Spring

Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Characteristics

Flower Head Size

   10-15 cm
   4-6 inches

   20-30 cm
   8-12 inches

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