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Hybrid Gentian

Gentianella x pamplinii

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Gentianaceae (Gentian)
Life Cycle:
Annual or Biennial
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Grassland, roadsides, sand dunes, scrub.

Purple, 5 petals
Purple, bell-shaped flowers.
A 2-parted capsule.
An annual and hybrid between the Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella) and Chiltern gentian (Gentianella germanica). Very variable in appearance and difficult to distinguish between its pure-bred derivatives. Most hybrids are closer looking to the Chiltern Gentian. The leaves are in opposite pairs up the stems. They are pointed oval to lance-shaped.
Frequency (UK):

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Gentianella x pamplinii is a natural hybrid of two species of gentian - Gentianella ciliata and Gentianella germanica. It is rare and protected in the UK. It was first reported from UK from Chiltern Hill, and found only in a few places in England and Wales. It is a herbaceous perennial, typically growing to 30-40cm tall. It has bright blue flowers that bloom in summer, which are similar to those of its parents. The flowers have distinctive, fringed petals, which are typically a more intense blue color than G. Germanica.

It is protected by law and it is illegal to pick, uproot or disturb wild plants without permission from the landowner.


Hybrid Gentian, also known as Gentianella x pamplinii, is a beautiful plant that is native to Europe. It is a hybrid between two species of gentian - the autumn gentian (Gentianella amarella) and the field gentian (Gentianella campestris). This hybrid plant is a popular ornamental plant and is often grown in gardens and parks.

The Hybrid Gentian is a small perennial herb that grows up to 40cm in height. It has bright blue flowers that bloom from July to September, and each flower is about 2cm in length. The flowers have a trumpet-shaped corolla with five lobes, and the petals are joined at the base. The leaves of the Hybrid Gentian are small and lance-shaped, and they are arranged in opposite pairs along the stem.

One of the reasons why the Hybrid Gentian is such a popular plant is because of its beautiful blue flowers. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies, making it an excellent plant for pollinators. The plant's nectar-rich flowers provide a valuable source of food for these insects, especially during the late summer and early autumn when other nectar sources are scarce.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Hybrid Gentian has a number of medicinal uses. The plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine, where it was used to treat a range of ailments, including digestive disorders, fever, and inflammation. The plant contains a number of compounds that are believed to have therapeutic properties, including gentiopicrin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

If you are thinking of growing Hybrid Gentian in your garden, there are a few things to keep in mind. The plant prefers a sunny or partially shaded location with well-drained soil. It is relatively easy to grow and maintain, and it is not susceptible to many pests or diseases.

Hybrid Gentian is a versatile plant that can be used in a number of different ways. For example, it is often used in rock gardens and alpine plantings, where it can add a splash of color to an otherwise barren landscape. It can also be used as a border plant, where it can create a striking contrast with other plants in the garden.

In addition to its ornamental and medicinal uses, the Hybrid Gentian has a number of cultural and historical significance. In many parts of Europe, gentians are associated with good luck and prosperity, and they are often used as a symbol of national identity. In some cultures, the plant is believed to have mystical properties, and it is used in rituals and ceremonies.

Despite its many benefits, the Hybrid Gentian is not without its challenges. The plant is slow-growing, and it can take several years for it to reach maturity. Additionally, the plant can be difficult to propagate, which means that it may be more expensive than other garden plants.

One interesting fact about the Hybrid Gentian is that it is a relatively new plant species. It was first discovered in the 19th century in the Pamplin Gardens in England, which is where it gets its name, Gentianella x pamplinii. The plant was likely the result of a chance hybridization between two different species of gentians, which occurred naturally in the garden.

Today, the Hybrid Gentian is widely cultivated for its ornamental and medicinal uses. It is also used in horticulture for breeding and hybridization purposes, as it is a parent plant for a number of other hybrids.

It is worth noting that while the Hybrid Gentian has a number of benefits, it is also an endangered plant species in some parts of Europe. This is due to habitat loss and degradation, as well as over-collection for medicinal purposes. In some regions, efforts are being made to protect and conserve the plant, including through the establishment of protected areas and the implementation of sustainable harvesting practices.

One of the interesting things about the Hybrid Gentian is that it is closely related to other species of gentians, many of which have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. In traditional European medicine, gentians have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive disorders, fever, and inflammation. In some cultures, the plant is believed to have mystical properties, and it is used in rituals and ceremonies.

The medicinal properties of gentians are thought to be due to a group of compounds known as bitter glycosides, which are found in the roots and aerial parts of the plant. These compounds are believed to have a range of therapeutic properties, including anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and digestive-stimulant effects.

While the Hybrid Gentian is not as well-known for its medicinal properties as some other species of gentians, it is still believed to have some potential health benefits. In addition to its traditional uses, the plant has also been studied for its potential anticancer properties. Some studies have suggested that the plant's compounds may have anti-tumor effects, and may be useful in the development of new cancer treatments.

Overall, the Hybrid Gentian is a fascinating plant species that has a lot to offer. Whether you are interested in its ornamental, medicinal, or cultural uses, it is a plant that is well worth exploring further. With its stunning blue flowers, hardy nature, and potential health benefits, it is a valuable addition to any garden or landscape.