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Gentiana septemfida

Gentiana septemfida
crested gentian
Gentiana septemfida

Common name crested gentian
Family gentianaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue (early summer)
Size 6"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

Small, compact gentian with tidier foliage than most others we grow. Real neat-looking even before it blooms. Then the interestingly wound buds emerge, and shortly thereafter the trumpet-shaped clear blue flowers provide the real show. A charmer! Took three years to bloom from seed.

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 '01 trade. Baggy 70F (55%G, 7-10d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (35%G, 10-19d)
  3. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (4w) - 35F (32d) - 70F (15d) - 70F with light (13d). No germination. Must not have set viable seed.
  4. Seed from '06/'07 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (fairly good germination, 6-20d). Could not quantitate because it was difficult to identify seeds amid the chaff
  5. Seed from HPS/MAG '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (22%G, 9-17d)
  6. Same seed as above, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (8%G, 9-20d)
  7. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (reasonably good germination, starting 11d)

The limited data above suggests that viability declines relatively quickly. Seedlings stay tiny forever; start in early winter.

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