There are never enough plants that produce vibrant flowers in shades of blue quite like the Gentian plant.  A herb native to alpine regions like the Alps and the Himilayans it is used extensively for tonics, bitters and liqueurs and is the active ingredients in Aperol, a popular Italian apertif.  Gentian has also been used medicinally to treat the flu, fever, parasites, wounds and digestive issues.

A fragile plant it is best divided carefully after flowering in the fall and may not survive the upheaval.


Gentiana sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun-Shade
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 3″-5′, depending on variety
  • Width: 6′-2′, depending on variety
  • Bloom Time: Fall
  • Bloom Colour: Blue, white, red, yellow
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Rust
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Fragrant, cut flowers
  • Zone: 3-9

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