Latin: Gentiana andrewssi (L.)
- Closed bottle gentian
Conspicuous lavender, purple, or white, cup-shaped flowers, solitary or in few-flowered terminal clusters.
The flowers have five regular parts and are up to 4 cm (1 1/2 in.) long. They are blue sometimes violet. The corolla appears completely closed but can be opened at the top; August to September.
The leaf arrangement is opposite. Leaves can reach 10 cm
in length (4 in.). Each leaf is? lanceolate entire and stemless
61 cm in height (24 in.) tall.
Moist fields or open woods.
From Quebec to as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina.
The bitter root has long been used as a tonic and is known to be an appetite stimulant. It was used as a tonic, cathartic and laxative as well as to treat a weak stomach and, oddly, hysterical affections.