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common name: Spring gentian, Star gentian
synonyms: Gentiana excisa, Gentiana kochiana
growth rate: slow
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: blue
main season: Summer
full sun, part shade
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 8
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.
Moist, well-drained, gritty soil. Full sun or in areas with very hot, dry summer best in some shade. Like alkaline conditions.
From mountainous areas of Europe. Often found in limestone areas.