Gentiana lutea

Gentiana lutea

                         

Gentiana lutea or great yellow gentian produces large elliptical leaves and spikes of yellow flowers to 3 feet or more in summer.  It is a European mountain meadow native.  The bitter root has long been used in herbal medicine for a variety of ailments and is the main ingredient in Angostura bitters.  Grow in sun to part sun in moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil.  Tolerates a wide range of soils as long as they have good drainage.  Hardy to -40 degrees. F.

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