Enziandom - supplied from Burncoose in March 1998
Three opening heads at different stages on 29 August 2005
Enziandom means Gentian Dome, and on acid soil it’s reputed to be “very bright, very deep, rich blue”. At The Cross it has been disappointing in colour compared with Frillibet which grows beside it, and not nearly so prolific with its flowers. The colour goes through the same slow development as with Frillibet, reaching a lilac shade that is lighter than Frillibet’s blue. Eventually sunlight adds a mauve tinting to the most exposed sepals. Sepal shape is consistently smooth-edged, and the outline is fairly pointed.
The flowers of cuttings growing in pots, above, became bluer year by year without ever being as red as the original plant in its pot had been (above left). The original, planted out, is blue: