The Arctic Gentian (Gentiana algida), aka the Whitish Gentian, is another hardy denizen of the land above treeline in the Rocky Mountains. It is also another of my Colorado wildflower favorites. (I actually have a special affinity for all 14 of the gentian species that can be found in the Rockies). The beautiful tulip-shaped flowers are white with bright purple streaks on the outside and purple and/or green spots on the inside. It is generally one of the last wildflowers to bloom in August and September. The Arctic Gentian is native to the Rocky Mountain states and Alaska, plus the Yukon in Canada and in Siberia.

FYI: Gentians are named after King Gentius of ancient Illyria (181–168 BC), who is said to have discovered the medicinal value of these plants.

alpine gentian

alpine gentian

alpine gentian

alpine gentian

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