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botanical name:
Gentiana verna
Gentiana verna © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Spring gentian, Star gentian
synonyms:  Gentiana excisa, Gentiana kochiana
family:  Gentianaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.04m
width: 0.10m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: blue
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 8
description:
Mat-forming evergreen with basal rosettes of elliptic to lance-shaped green leaves, up to 3cm long. Solitary sky-blue flowers, usually with white throats, on short stems in spring and early summer.

cultivation:
Moist, well-drained, gritty soil. Full sun or in areas with very hot, dry summer best in some shade. Like alkaline conditions.

other notes:
From mountainous areas of Europe. Often found in limestone areas.

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