{floral friday #20}

June 24, 2011

{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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  1. 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!

  2. Katherines Corner says:

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

  3. Antonella says:

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

  4. Molly @ A Bit O' Shine says:

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

  5. 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

  6. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says:

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

  7. Deb Hickman says:

    Very pretty.x

  8. MessyMissy says:

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

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

  10. 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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