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Once you see this small perennial in bloom you will forever lust after it. Unbelievably blue trumpet-shaped flowers are barely perched on top of the low ground-hugging foliage. Each brilliant bloom faces upward showing its electric blue petals with vibrant stripes sinking deep into the flower’s throat.
Gentiana acaulis is native to the European Alps, this most popular and much-loved spring-flowering Gentian is perhaps one of the easiest species to grow. Extremely hardy and quite long lived in the garden; it forms a low, slow-spreading tufted carpet of pointed green leaves. It is not difficult to please, consistent moisture, but a well-drained spot seems essential. Plant in full sun or partial shade in containers or peat bed, it often performs best in a rock garden situation, where the roots can stay cool and moist.
Growing to only 10cm (4in) tall, Gentiana acaulis spreads 15cm (6in) or more, the leaves are evergreen, grow from a basal rosette, and form clumps. In late spring and summer it bears large upward facing, funnel-shaped flowers in the most amazing shade of deep, true Gentian blue.
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Germination; Sow indoors at any time. Sow into a cold frame in spring or autumn. Indoors surface sow onto moist, well-drained seed compost. Just cover seed with a sprinkling of sand or fine grit. Cover the tray with glass or plastic to keep the moisture in. Ideal temp. 18-22°C for 2-4 weeks. Then cold stratify, move to -4-+4°C for 4-6 weeks, a fridge is ideal, then return to warmth, 5-12°C for germination. In a cold frame allow natural winter/spring cold to offer ideal conditions for germination to occur, if germination does not occur you could move the whole seed tray to the fridge for 4 weeks or so, then return back to warmth for germination. Do not discard the seed tray prematurely. Germination takes 14-180 days. Transplant seedlings in spring or autumn.
Growing; Prefers a humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Requires little attention.
Cultivation; No pruning required. Requires little attention.