Unbridled enthusiasm – Gentiana purpurea

There is no secret that I suffer from Gentiano-philia. Like with other rare diseases, the factors involved and the treatment are unknown. Any Gentiana, under any form and colour (seeds, plants, pictures…) will provoke a wave of unbridled enthusiasm that sweeps me over (the edge of rationality). Getting Gentiana purpurea seeds was no short of such happening! My grateful thanks to the seeds/images donor ;)

Gentiana purpurea

Gentiana purpurea

Gentiana purpurea can be considered the ‘little sister’ of Gentiana lutea. The deep red, or better said wine coloured flowers, are making me dream of the day when the two of them will grow in our garden. And more than that, what if a hybrid of them will arise? What then???

7 replies
  1. Inger
    Inger says:

    I totally agree. My Gentian acaulis is providing me with so much joy in spring that I make up any excuse to go and look at it. It is not that hard to take care of and the blue is the best blue

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Yes, it seems there is always some work to be done around the place where a Gentiana is in flower :) I am trying now G. clusii which is not as lime-hater like G. acaulis, so far so good.

  2. Amy Olmsted
    Amy Olmsted says:

    I also love all things Gentian! I have septemfida and macauleyi ‘Kingfisher’ and a whole trayful of acaulis seedlings!! You can never have enough of that blue!!

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