Willowleaf gentian is one of the easiest and most satisfying gentians to grow. It produces graceful, arching stems that rise to about 18 to 24 inches and form a loose mound. In midsummer flower buds appear down the center of each stem. In late summer to early autumn they open to rich sky- blue, a color rarely seen in the garden.This handsome perennial is especially effective planted on a slope to create a cascading effect. It looks great with ferns. Mix it with silver-variegated (Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' or variegated lungworts, for example) or golden-foliage perennials, such as Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', for dramatic contrast!
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: silver, variegated gold
Great Color Partners: purple, lavender, pink
Culture NotesPlant willowleaf gentian in part sun or an open spot with bright shade. It will scorch in full sun. It prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil with average water and suffers if it dries out in the summer.
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Plant Type: perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: blue
Sun/Light Exposure: part sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather