Friday, August 19, 2005

Good King Gentius and his flower

My favorite end of summer wildflower has bloomed at last.

the Fringed Gentian. This flower is named after King Gentius of Illyria (180-167 BC) , who discovered the medicinal qualities of the roots (emetic, cathartic, tonic.) As legend has it, King Gentius prayed for healing for his people in the midst of a devastating plague, shot an arrow in the sky and it landed in a gentian plant.


Anonymous kim said...

I did not know any of that. Very pretty! Fringed Gentians remind me of once, growing up, I found some across the street and picked them for mom, only to find out they were a protected species that I should not have picked. :(

8/19/2005 4:30 PM  

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