Problems with Cultivation and Identification: GENTIAN ID.
Started by: GEOFFREY ALDERTON
Gentian idGo to latest contribution by Margaret Young, 15 August 2012, 10:25. Go to bottom of this page.
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Hi Please can someone ID this Gentian for me. I purchaced them from my local garden centre yesterday .
Hi again.Presently unable to post a picture of the plant in question but I will keep trying. Regards Geoff.
OK finaly managed it. Hope the picture is ok. Regards Geoff.
Hi. I think I have answered my own question. There is a picture in issue 124 of The Rock Garden, page105, showing a pan of Gentiana scabra. I think my plants are the same. Regards Geoff.
Your 2010 contribution reminded me that in 2010 and 2011 there were lots of Gentiana septemfida hybrids or cultivars on sale in Garden centers. I bought a blue one and a lovely pale blue form. They are just starting to sprout again. Gentiana scabra also turns up. I guess the growers can bulk up the plant quickly to flowering size and flog them,
Still we gain a good plant.
I would be grateful if anyone can help confirm, or otherwise name, these Gentiana species.
1. Is this Gentiana nivalis (above Saas-Almagel Mattmark Reservoir)
2. Is this Gentiana pannonica (no spots inside)Furggstalden
3. Gentiana / Gentianella
My closest guess is Gentiana germanica but also found it on Kappelweg downwards from Saas-Fee with only four petals.
Cliff Booker's picture (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151016573302632&set=o.166202326809697&type=1&relevant_count=1) helps to identify this as Gentianella campestris.
I agree with your suggestions for 1 and 2, Rick.
Also for no. 3, but that link to Cliff's photo does not work so here is one to one of Cliff's pictures on Alpenpix :
Added: so much variation in these, as in so many other plants- always good to keep an open mind about colours etc!