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Gentiana dahurica

Gentiana dahurica
Common name gentian
Family gentianaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 12"
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed Self-seeds modestly in our garden
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

This gentian spreads wider than it is tall. New foliage emerges neatly fresh-green in early spring, and make a slightly glossy mound by early summer. Gentian-blue flowers appear in summer. I find self-sowed plants occasionally in the immediate vicinity of the mother plants.

If it is given some neighbors for support, it will grow a little more upright

Gentiana dahurica upright

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from J.L.Hudson. 50+%G @ 70F, starting at 2w
  2. Seed from '01 garden. Baggy 70F with light (84%G, 9d-5w). Some damp-off occurred (about 60% yield from sprouted seeds)
  3. Seed from NARGS '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (80%G, 6-11d)
  4. Seed from NARGS '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (83%G, 9-22d)
  5. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F with light (70%G, 12-16d)

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