Gentiana Verna Alba
The very scarce white form of the classic, normally blue, spring flower. White stars stud a prostrate carpet of tiny leaves on this rarely-seen or offered challenge for the skilful alpine plant enthusiast.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.