{floral friday}

{floral friday #20}

{floral friday #20}
Happy Friday!! I hope y'all are having a wonderful start into the weekend! This week I want to share with you the gentian flower (I hope I translated this correctly from the German word "Enzian".. ;) ).
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A few facts about gentians:
  • The name is a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king who was thought to have found out that the herbs had tonic properties. (source)
  • Gentians have trumpet-shaped flowers which are usually deep blue or azure, but may vary from white, creamy and yellow to red and purple.
  • During the Middle Ages, Gentian was commonly employed as an antidote to poison.
  • The roots are used medicinally to treat weak or underactive digestive systems and also as anti-flammatory medicine. (source)

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    Mindy
    Friday June 24th, 2011 at 04:13 PM

    I have one of these in the ground in my front yard and the plant itself flops all over the place – making it not very attractive. I should dig it up and try sticking it in a pot like yours. I LOVE the flowers! They're so shockingly blue!

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    Katherines Corner
    Friday June 24th, 2011 at 09:25 PM

    beautiful and my favorite color too!Thinking of you and leaving some ♥ on your blog, have a happy weekend!

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    Antonella
    Saturday June 25th, 2011 at 01:24 PM

    How pretty. I truly look forward to your flower posts! Hugs, antonella :-)

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    Molly @ A Bit O' Shine
    Saturday June 25th, 2011 at 07:08 PM

    Beautiful! I like the foliage as much as the flowers.

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    Jill
    Monday June 27th, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    What a stunning flower – and interesting to know those facts about them too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    Friday July 1st, 2011 at 01:45 AM

    Beautiful! I love flowers. Thanks for linking this up as well.

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    Deb Hickman
    Sunday July 3rd, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Very pretty.x

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    MessyMissy
    Sunday July 3rd, 2011 at 03:35 PM

    I really love this series. It's so interesting!!

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    Jami
    Sunday July 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    I always learn so much from your Floral Friday posts. Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami

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    Katie
    Wednesday July 6th, 2011 at 02:19 AM

    Love the flowers! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! We hope you will join us tomorrow for another fun-filled party!

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