I hear that there are some different kinds of gentian. This is a kind that doesn't grow tall but has many flowers.
When I planted one some years ago, it didn't grow enough to have flowers. I bought a potted one in autumn. It has grown healthy and has had a lot of flowers. It is a little hard to distinguish buds from faded flower because the buds looks brownish.
It has been blooming for long, but it seems to be finishing its blooming time.
Wrote on January 3 2006