Photographer: Paul Drobot
Gentiana alba Muhl. ex Nutt.
cream gentian, pale gentian, yellow gentian
Gentiana: named after Gentius, King of Illyria, who around 500 B.C. found the roots of the herb yellow gentian or bitterwort to have a healing effect on his malaria-stricken troops
alba: Latin for "white"
|Plant: ||erect to drooping, perennial, 2'-3' tall forb, smooth, usually not branched; stems stout|
|Flower: ||cream, 5-parted, 1 1/4"-2" long, tubular-shaped with small opening at the top and irregular folds between the petals; inflorescence a dense, many-flowered cluster; blooms Aug.-Sept.|
|Leaf:||mostly stalkless, smooth, yellow-green|
|Habitat: ||moist; meadows, prairies, woods|