Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle Gentian) Gentian family (Gentianaceae)

I owe you a few good blog posts as I was distracted for a while. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint.   

Next to Michigan Lilies , Gentiana andrewsii is my next favorite.  I will post a few shots of these illusive beauties today.  These flowers like the floor of the wetlands and are easily obscured by less significant plantae.  These adorable flowers only bloom for a month so if you want to see them in the wild let me know soon.  You won’t believe how hidden in plain site they are. 

photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, some rights reserved. ©

photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, some rights reserved. ©

This hermaphrodite is pollinated by bees that can push their way into the closed bottle (calyx).  Bless their hearts, I would never do that.  Native American Indians used the large tap root as an antidote for snake bite. They also claim it is cure headaches and treat digestive problems (i.e flatulance) as it is a bitter.  Don’t believe me, Angostura Bitters actual claims that right on their label.  I sure wouldn’t want to pull up this sweet heart just so I could settle my stomach.  

As a little bonus here is a great shot of the Huron River at perfect light.  

photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, some rights reserved. ©

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