- 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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