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Gentiana asclepiadea
Common Name: Willow Gentian Family: Gentianaceae (The Gentian Family)

Gentiana asclepiadea
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This clumping woodland native has arching stems with mid-green foliage and trumpet-shaped dark to light blue flowers in axilliary clusters. It loves part-shade and associates well with ferns and shade grasses like Hakonechloa, Millium effusum 'Aureum' and Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'. Willow gentian is one of the best and easiest gentians for the garden.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
Native Habitat:
Scrub, grassy and forest habitats above 1000 metres altitude.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourBlue 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSummer - Fall 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Part Shade Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone6-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Brunnera macrophylla "'Jack Frost'"
Astrantia major "'Moulin Rouge'"
Brunnera macrophylla "'Hadspen Cream'"
Hosta "'Great Expectations'"

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