Saturday, October 01, 2005

Fringed Gentian

Cornell maintains a natural area about a mile from my house primarily to encourage the Fringed Gentians that grow there. It's amazing! Thousands of intense blue flowers in a meadow of an acre or so.

1 comment:

Darlene said...

The fringed gentian is so beautiful; I've never seen any, in the wild or anywhere, other than in books and now here. I've got several bottle gentians in my yard though, both blue and white. And they have spread a bit over the years.

According to my sources, the plants are named after King Gentius, of ancient Illyria, who is said to have discovered the medicinal value of the gentian root.

Thanks for the beautiful picture, but now you have me drooling in envy!