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Notes About :Gentiana

All varieties listed here are fairly easy to grow. They like an average garden soil that drains, like it is required by most rock garden plants. Contrary to some literature, they don't need regular watering and are drought tolerant once established. Gentiana acaulis is besides the Edelweiss the most classic Swiss Alpine flower and shouldn't be missing in any rock garden. Read more about gentians by clicking on info link next to the Gentiana link on the left of the webpage.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $10.00   Sold Out
A smaller, slow growing and slow multiplying selection with almost white flowers. They open in the palest blue and turn almost white. Just a few available for the collector.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2 3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $7.75  
A vigorous selection suitable as a groundcover in rock gardens with dark blue, upward facing trumpets. The main blooming season is spring but they can re-bloom throughout summer and fall. The leathery foliage is evergreen. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 2 3/8" square - 3 3/4" deep pots. Blooming size.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 3 April-May - 3" $10.00  
A vigorous selection suitable as a groundcover in rock gardens with dark blue, upward facing trumpets. The main blooming season is spring but they can re-bloom throughout summer and fall. The leathery foliage is evergreen. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 3 1/2" pots - about 1 1/2 to 2 times larger plants than our regular size. In years, 3 years old instead of 2.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $8.75  
For years we've been selling 'Undulatifolia' as the "best" trumpet gentian and we'll keep it that way. However, 'Maximus' is the "very best"; a tad larger flowers and more of them, at least in spring. This one reblooms as well in summer/fall, comparable to 'Undulatifolia'. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 2 3/8" square - 3 3/4" deep pots - blooming size.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 3 April-May - 3" $11.00  
For years we've been selling 'Undulatifolia' as the "best" trumpet gentian and we'll keep it that way. However, 'Maximus' is the "very best"; a tad larger flowers and more of them, at least in spring. This one reblooms as well in summer/fall, comparable to 'Undulatifolia'. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $7.75  
One of heaviest and most reliable bloomers in in the main season, with medium large flowers in dark blue. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 2 3/8" square - 3 3/4" deep pots - blooming size.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $8.75  
A rare light blue selection with large trumpets. The flowers come in different shades of blue depending on the season. The early bloom (here February/March) is a gorgeous pale blue, later (April/May - pictured) light blue and the re-bloom in summer is a mid blue. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 2 3/8" square - 3 3/4" deep pots - blooming size.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2 3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $7.75  
According to J.Eschman the best trumpet gentian to grow, very adaptable. Extra large, intense velvet-blue, upward facing trumpets. The main blooming season is spring but they can re-bloom throughout summer and fall. The leathery foliage is evergreen. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 2 3/8" square - 3 3/4" deep pots - blooming size.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 3 April-May - 3" $10.00  
According to J.Eschman the best trumpet gentian to grow, very adaptable. Extra large, intense velvet-blue, upward facing trumpets. The main blooming season is spring but they can re-bloom throughout summer and fall. The leathery foliage is evergreen. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 3 1/2" pots - about 1 1/2 to 2 times larger plants than our regular size. In years, 3 years old instead of 2.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $10.00  
I'm no botanist, but I do know that angustifolia means "narrow-leaved". This particular one at hand fits the description to the point. Grows rather slow and stays in tight clumps. For now we are offering seedlings, which will vary a bit.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $7.75  
This large blooming selection floats around in many different name combinations: either as acaulis or angustifolia-hybrids, as 'Frei Hybrid', 'Max Frei' or simply 'Frei'. Either way, they are all the same. Or are they? Exactly during the time I did my apprenticeship (1983-1986) at Frei Nursery, the current owner at that time, Hans Frei, decided to sell seeds to a large perennial seed company. So nowadays plants offered are usually seedlings. About 20 years later, I was able to get hold of the original plant from Eugen Schleipfer, an old and indeed old-school nursery near Augsburg, Germany. Nothing wrong with the seedlings, but one knows what one has with the original.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2 3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $7.75  
Received as G. angustifolia, (Leach Bot. Garden) though it's obviously a hybrid. But what a bright color - I simply couldn't resist! A good grower and bloomer with large, upward facing trumpets. The main blooming season is spring but they can re-bloom throughout summer and fall. The leathery foliage is evergreen. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions. 2 3/8" square - 3 3/4" deep pots.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 3 April-May - 3" $10.00  
Received as G. angustifolia, (Leach Bot. Garden) though it's obviously a hybrid. But what a bright color - I simply couldn't resist! A good grower and bloomer with large, upward facing trumpets. The main blooming season is spring but they can re-bloom throughout summer and fall. The leathery foliage is evergreen. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions.3 1/2" pots - about 1 1/2 to 2 times larger plants than our regular size. In years, 3 years old instead of 2.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 3 April-May - 3" $7.75  
Picked this one up at our regular gentian source in Switzerland in November of 2007. This was by far the darkest blue gentian, at that time and place. Back here in Oregon, in spring, they bloom in a ordinary dark gentian-blue (although there is nothing ordinary about gentian-blue). In fall the rebloom is noticeable darker than the orders, however. The leaves differ from other trumpet gentian types by being exceptionally leathery-shiny and quite large. As most others, good rebloomer and grower. 2 3/8" square - 3 3/4" deep pots - blooming size.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 3 April-May - 3" $10.00  
Picked this one up at our regular gentian source in Switzerland in November of 2007. This was by far the darkest blue gentian, at that time and place. Back here in Oregon, in spring, they bloom in a ordinary dark gentian-blue (although there is nothing ordinary about gentian-blue). In fall the rebloom is noticeable darker than the orders, however. The leaves differ from other trumpet gentian types by being exceptionally leathery-shiny and quite large. As most others, good rebloomer and grower. 3 1/2" pots - about 1 1/2 to 2 times larger plants than our regular size. In years, 3 years old instead of 2.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 4 Aug.-Oct. - 6-8" $7.25  
Clusters of bright blue flowers, often with white throats, on 8 to 12" long stems. For the rock garden in a well drained soil.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 4 July-Oct. - 10-15" $9.00  
Bears clusters of 1 1/2" long trumpets from the axils of dark green, needle-like leaves. The common name is somewhat misleading; it grows just fine in average, neutral to acid soil, although it doesn't mind moist soil. Ours is actually growing happily next to a very happy Daphne, known for disliking wet soil. Rare and unusual!

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 3 July-Sept. - 4-6" $7.25  
One of the easiest and most rewarding gentians, loaded with 1½" long trumpets. This selection has an especially intense blue and a compact habit. For any good garden soil.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 3 July-Sept. - 4-6" $39.15  
Special! 6 plants. One of the easiest and most rewarding gentians, loaded with 1½" long trumpets. This selection has an especially intense blue and a compact habit. For any good garden soil.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 4 Sept.-Oct. - 4" $9.50  
The worlds first double gentian! And deep blue at that. Grows in mats of grassy foliage and produces bunches of double trumpet-flowers, striped on the outside. Relatively easy in acidic soil and summer moisture. They take full sun for us with occasional low 100s; for hotter climates afternoon shade is recommended.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 4 Sept.-Oct. - 4" $7.75  
Grows in mats of grassy foliage and produces bunches of trumpet-flowers. This selection has pure white flowers with yellowish stripes on the outside. Relatively easy in acidic soil and summer moisture. They take full sun for us with occasional low 100s; for hotter climates afternoon shade is recommended.

Pot Size Zone ? Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
2-3/8" 4 Sept.-Oct. - 4" $7.75  
Grows in mats of grassy foliage and produces bunches of trumpet-flowers, striped on the outside. This selection has deep blue flowers and a finely dotted inside. Relatively easy in acidic soil and summer moisture. They take full sun for us with occasional low 100s; for hotter climates afternoon shade is recommended. Available again late spring/early summer.

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