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Gentians plants

Gentians plantsThe herbaceous kinds of the Gentians do best in a light, rich soil, such as loam and peat mixed with vegetable mould. The annuals are raised from seed sown as soon as it is ripe; if left till spring before it is sown it will probably not come up till the second year.

The perennials are increased by dividing the roots. Both of the latter kinds do best in a dry, sandy soil. Gentiana Acaulis, or Gentianella, is very suitable for edgings, or for rock-work; it is an evergreen creeper, and bears large trumpet-shaped flowers of rich ultramarine blue.

All the Gentians need plenty of free air, and some of them moisture at the roots. Bloom in July.

Their height is from about 4 inch to 2 feet.