Common Name: Willow gentian
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light
Time to divide plants: March to May
The plant forms a bushy clump, with upright stems of large, bright blue, trumpet flowers in late summer. These appear between the pairs of long, narrow, willow-like leaves that give the plant its common name, and are very freely produced. Willow gentian is a woodland plant that appreciates the light dappled shade cast by surrounding plants, making it good to grow between shrubs or tall border flowers where its unique coloration is most welcome. Sometimes establishment may be tricky until a colony of plants is able to develop, but once this has happened, the plants will thrive thereafter. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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