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PlantFiles: Chinese Gentian
Gentiana sino-ornata

Family: Gentianaceae (jen-shun-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gentiana (jen-shee-AN-uh) (Info)
Species: sino-ornata

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral bluespiral On Jan 17, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant has been known to liberally set seed, and since it is a species, that seed will come true to the parent. Since germinating seed for G. sino-ornata is difficult for many, following are some germination methods that have worked :

1)Sow @ 18-22*C [~64-71*F] for 2-4 wks; then move to -4 to 4*C [24-39*F] for 4-6 wks; then move to 5-12*C [41-53*F] for germination.

2) Sow at 20*C (68*F). Here, note that Pizzetti and Cocker, in Flowers Vol I, say that "...seed...should be sown in pots immediately it is ripe, and the pots should remain outdoors during winter."

3) 2nd edition of Norman C. Deno's book, Seed Germination Theory and Practice - Deno agrees with #1 above with regard to cycling temperatures, but his method varies in temps and timing: 70*F (with 20% germination) for 3 months; then 40*F for 3 months; then 70*F (with 5% germination) for 3 months and 40*F (5% germination) for 3 months; then 70*F (2% germination) for 3 months

Neutral spklatt On Jan 8, 2005, spklatt from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Chinese gentian is reported to keep blooming well into late fall, even after several frosts. Also, it's unlike most gentians in that it needs acidic soil instead of alkaline.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vail, Colorado

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