The small fringed gentian has linear leaves and gentian-like solitary, mauve flowers. Biennial, it will form a rosette of leaves in the first season, and then flower in the second year from August to October, with a magnificent flower display.
If happy with the place it will delicately self-seed; this is one of those plants that you would wish it will do that a lot! For moist locations of the woodland garden or edges of the ponds, streams, in full to part sun; requires calcareous soils.
Germination: sown in the fall or spring after cold-moist stratification; seeds are very small and need to be sown superficially.