Gentiana 'LIPSTICK ASHIRO'

Gentiana
Gentiana 'LIPSTICK ASHIRO'
autumn gentian, Japanese gentian
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.1-0.1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.4m
LEAVES semi-deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:deep pink a purple red
BLOOMING TIME August - October
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Gentian is one of the most beautiful perennials where the most sought after varieties bear blue flowers. Because their blue is true blue, bluer than the ocean, darker than the summer sky, almost like indigo. The family consists of more than 400 species which often hybridize among themselves. Ashiro is a beautiful Japanese series of compact varieties with rich colours bred by Dr.Hikage. British RHS encyclopaedia lists them as gentiana triflora which seems very unlikely due to their compact habit and shape of flowers. These gentians are represented in Europe by CNB New Plants from the Netherlands.

Lipstick Ashiro is a unique autumn gentian producing colour you would not expect from a plant whose name is usually taken for a synonym for a deep blue colour. This gentian, however, is rich purple pink. Narrowly trumpet-shaped flowers raise their heads towards the sun and open only in full sun, from midsummer until October. Elliptic leaves are rather light green which contrasts beautifully with dark blue flowers. The plant is very handsome being so compact and neat, almost ground-covering.

Gentian is a slow growing, mat-forming perennial requiring zero maintenance. Plant it in humus-rich, reliably moist but well-drained soil in full sun or only partial shade. Autumn flowering species require slightly acid soil. Hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 06-09-2018; 04-10-2018
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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