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Gentiana acaulis
Trumpet Gentian
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Zone 2 to Zone 9
Plant Shapes: Carpet
1.225.020

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
  Sandy
  Clay

Soil pH
  Acid
  Neutral

Soil Moisture
  Average
  Moist

Care Level
  Challenging

Foot Traffic
  None

Rate of Spread
  Slow
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue

Blooming Time
  Late Spring
  Mid Spring

Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Characteristics
  Containers
  Edging

Flower Head Size
  Medium

Height
   10-15 cm
   4-6 inches

Spread
   20-30 cm
   8-12 inches


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