Gentian Cream Bottle Flower Seeds (Gentiana flavida) 100+Seeds
Cream Gentian: These unusual wildflowers, named for their nearly closed tubular blossoms, look like buds about to burst open. In order to pollinate them, bumblebees and other large bees must force their way into the small opening at the top; the unique design of the blossom expands just enough to allow passage. The Gentiana genus was named after King Gentius, an ancient ruler of the kingdom of Illyria who, according to legend, benefited from the medicinal effects of this family of plants. The species name “flavida” comes from the Latin word for "yellow," indicating the pale yellow color of the blossoms. Cream Gentian Germination: To break this seed’s dormancy, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60-90 days before planting. Scatter the seed on the surface of the soil, then press it in lightly. Keep the soil moist, but water carefully to avoid disturbing the seed; keep the soil temperature at about 70 degrees F. Germination may be slow and irregular, but should begin to occur within 4 weeks. Transplant two seedlings each in individual pots, handling very carefully to prevent breaking the hair-like roots.