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I bought a gentian from our market the other day, but it is un-

labelled. Can anyone please identify it and also tell me how to

care for it? It is more mauvey-blue than the photo shows.


Many thanks.


Last edited: 09 November 2016 15:56:42


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,275

    Looks like a G.auculis hybrid, but there are lots of different Gentians.

    Most are best grown in rockeries [ or similar ] as they are alpine plants.

    Unfortunately different species require very different conditions, some only surviving in acid conditions, others needing lime.

    Most prefer a moist soil.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    It may be ' angels wings' or 'devonhall' difficult to tell properly.

  • Many thanks for the advice; I'm still hoping for a more positive ID, as I know they have different requirements.

  • Can you take a close-up photo Sally?  Being able to see the anthers etc may help with ID.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,035

    If it is flowering at this time of year then it is one which needs acid soil conditions. Spring flowering gentians can take alkaline soil.

    Needs lots of water when they begin to regrow in late Summer and a good dollop of Yak manure!

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