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GENTIAN   Seeds and Dried Herb
(Plant heights are given at maturity)

Gentiana septemfida, Crested Gentian or True Gentian, is an easily grown perennial plant belonging to the family Gentianaceae, and is a native of Turkey,  It is a truly beautiful plant, forming strong clumps and throwing up dozens of 9 to 12 inch stems, each topped with a large bright blue trumpet shaped flower.   They make excellent rock garden or border plants and provide a strking show when in bloom.

The plants thrive in loamy well drained soil in a sunny location, except in hot dry areas in which they tend to do better in a partially shaded location.

Gentian is easily propagated by division of existing plants or by sowing seed.  Seed should be treated as follows for best germination:  Warm stratify (see Warm Stratification for more information) at 70F for 2 weeks, then Cold stratify (see Cold Stratification for more information) at 40F for 4 weeks, then sow in pots or trays and keep moist and at 50F until the seedlings appear.  Grow on at 50-55F.  The seedlings should be transplanted to larger containers when they reach about 2 inches in height.  They can then be planted outdoors when all danger of frost has passed.  Space the plants at about 8-10 inches apart in the garden.  Heavy clay soils should be broken up with compost or peat and a scattering of sand.

Gentian root has been used for thousands of years to treat exhaustion and as an antidote to poisons.  It has a very bitter taste, which makes it valuable as a stomachic and it has been often used in commercial bitters.

gentian septemfida seed herb   True Gentian - Gentiana septemfida -  Full sun or partial shade;  Hardy to -30F (-34.4C); height:10in
#4148   Packet  $3.50,  Approximately 50 seeds
#B1lb-4148CS       Dried root cut and sifted  1lb.      $35.00


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