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Blue Gentian

Blue Gentian

Blue Gentian

An easy-to-grow selection of Gentian, this is perfect for the middle of a perennial border or as an accent in containers. It forms an upright mound of shiny green leaves, bearing open funnel-shaped blooms of the most amazing electric-blue shade from midsummer to early autumn. Excellent for cutting, also attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Developed in the US by hybridizer Darrell Probst. USPP#20433: unlicensed propagation prohibited.Gentians have oppositely arranged leaves, sometimes in a basal rosette. The trumpet-shaped flowers are usually deep blue or azure, but can be white, cream, yellow, or red. Many species are polymorphic with respect to flower color, bearing flowers of different colors. Blue-flowered species predominate in the Northern Hemisphere, with red-flowered species dominant in the Andes, where bird pollination is probably more often favored by natural selection. White-flowered species are scattered throughout the range of the genus but dominate in New Zealand. Most flowers are pentamerous, with five lobes in the corolla and five sepals. A few species have four to seven flower parts. The corolla has folds called plicae between the lobes. The style is short or absent. The ovary is mostly sessile and has nectary glands.gentian, (genus Gentiana), any of about 400 species of annual or perennial (rarely biennial) flowering plants of the family Gentianaceae distributed worldwide in temperate and alpine regions, especially in Europe and Asia, North and South America, and New Zealand. They are especially a notable feature of mountain regions, where the moisture-loving plants have access to underground water in summer and snow cover in winter

. Gentian flowers are typically blue (hence “gentian blue”) or purplish blue but may be purple, violet, mauve, yellow, white, or even red; the four or five petals are usually united into a trumpet, funnel, or bell shape. The flowers have been used in the making of dyes, especiallyBottle Gentian plants tend to lean over as if under too much weight from the flower cluster, though the cluster tends to stay erect (decumbant). Bottle Gentian is pollinated almost exclusively by bumble bees because they are one of the few insects strong enough to pry open the closed flowers. Plants with white flowers may be confused with Yellow (or Cream) Gentian (Gentiana flavida), which has more clasping leaves and flowers that do open some at the top. Its flowers also typically have greenish venation on the petals. There are 2 varieties of Bottle Gentian in Minnesota, var. dakotica and var. andrewsii; the differences are very subtle.Gentian (officially called Gentiana) is known for its deep blue trumpet-shaped flowers and narrow green leaves. There are also white, pink and yellow gentians, but blue is the most common and is also the best-known: painters have been waxing lyrical about it for centuries. It’s a strong plant that reaches a height of 10-30 cm and thrives in a challenging environment like a rock garden or sandy coarse soil. The more you treat it to fine soil and food, the more the plant will wane. So loving neglect is definitely the way to go. (Source: www.thejoyofplants.co.uk)

 

 

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