Gentianaceae, or the Gentian family, is a family of flowering plants of 87 genera and over 1500 species. Flowers are actinomorphic and bisexual with fused sepals and petals. The stamens are attached to the inside of the petals (epipetalous) and alternate with the corolla lobes. There is a glandular disk at the base of the gynoecium, and flowers have parietal placentation. The inflorescence is cymose, with simple or complex cymes. The fruits are dehiscent septicidal capsules splitting into two halves, rarely some species have a berry. Seeds are small with copiously oily endosperms and a straight embryo. 0.8m shrub, soft thick leaves, stalked deep pink flowers in Summer, coastal often marshy areas, spectacular in flower. Sow Autumn.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to sow - Autumn
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