This autumn flowering gentian is a rosette forming semi evergreen perennial
with fine lance shaped leaves. The buds when they appear in late September
are elongated, rising up without stalks from the bed of leaves. The buds
are striped green and blue, giving them an almost reptilian appearance.
When they open in October, the trumpet shaped flowers are a vivid blue with
a white stripe on each petal. I grow mine in a pot rather than in the open
ground which I think may be too wet for it in my garden