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Gentian: Generalities

The name gentian derives from Gentius, the last Illyrian king who reigned between 180 and 167 BC .; he was the first to discover the medicinal properties of the root of this flower. In the 16th century, the yellow gentian lutea was used to fight the plague. Today, with its roots, bitters, digestives and aperitifs are prepared. In Italy, in the Apennines and on the Alps, blue gentians grow.
The meaning of the gentian is the determination: in fact, this flower grows in the mountains, in the middle of the rocks, resisting to cold temperatures and to the bad weather to which it is constantly exposed.