Gentiana macaulayi Praecox description
Beautiful ‘Gentian-blue’ trumpet flowers up to 5 cms in late summer and autumn. It has more dense, darker green foliage and has more flowers than Gentiana sino-ornata.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the front of a sunny or partly shaded border, hanging over a wall, in containers, or in an alpine bed or rock garden and requires acidic soil (ericaceous soil) that isn’t too dry. It is also happier in a humid atmosphere which means providing some shade in East Anglia and Southern Britain.
Also known as: Gentiana x macauleyi Praecox or Gentiana Macauleyi Praecox or Gentiana sino-ornata Praecox.
The best position in the garden:
Sun in moister climates, or semi shade in dry areas.
What type of soil:
Requires acidic soil (ericaceous soil).
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, but will die if soil is alkaline or too dry.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 10 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
Buy alpines, herbs, wildflowers, perennials and ornamental grasses.