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Gentiana verna Angulosa


Spring gentian, Lucy of Teesdale

An early flowering rock garden plant

Price 1 Litre Pots £3.99 Each - 3 for £10

A wonderful spring flowering gentian forming a low mat of small, narrow, evergreen leaves. Starry, jewel-like, sapphire blooms with white eyes stand proud of the leaves in spring creating a real impact from such a small plant. Bees and early butterflies visit the flowers, attracted by their vibrant colour.


A spot in full sun on the rock garden, in gaps in paving, in gravel or shallow pots and containers.


Well-drained soil, preferably alkaline. No maintenance required. Spread grit around the plants to protect them from winter wet.

The spring gentian is the county flower of Durham

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 5 cm - 10 cm
Plant width 5 cm - 10 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 10 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, Coastal or drought resistant, Gravel garden


Typically available

From May to September