Gentian, Purple (Gentiana purpurea), packet of 30 seeds
Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 8
Perennial flowering neon- purple to 2 feet, native to Northern and Central Europe, best in moist, acidic soils. Source of pharmaceutical-grade gentian root for bittering. Hints on germinating and growing Gentians: Sow seeds as soon as possible after receipt. Use ceramic pots filled with peaty mix to 1/2 inch below the rim, sprinkle in the seeds liberally, hold the seeds down with a 1/4 inch deep layer of sharp grit. Place pot in cool, moist shade. Germination is in the spring. Best in fast-draining soils or rockery. Water frequently. When grown at elevation, give full sun, but in the lowlands, give shade.
30 seeds per packet