Friday, March 14, 2014

Gentian Roses

Gentian for gentlemen at an upcoming function. 

Loved making this order up in this beautiful colour :-)

Did you know? Interesting Gentian info from the Gentian Research Network a free, not-for-profit, web-based forum for worldwide research on the natural history and evolution of the flowering plant family Gentianaceae (gentians).

  • Gentian violet is a water soluble dye used primarily in medicine to stain bacteria, but also in other histological procedures.  It is not derived from gentians, but got its name since it is pink-violet like some gentians in the genera of Centaurium, Gentiana, and Gentianella.
  • The gentian family contains 87 genera and over 1600 species in the newest classification. It is closely related to other plant families that include coffee, periwinkle, milkweed, madder, and dogbanes
  • Gentians have been used by humans since ancient times as herbal remedies, and taste very bitter. 
  •  Their flowers are often colorful (blue, pink, red, yellow), and the true blue gentians (Gentiana) are often grown in rock gardens.


Handmade in Israel said...

Beautiful, beautiful flowers... and some interesting info too!

Ellen Jonker said...

Lovely colour, great info!

Kristi Kyle said...

These are stunning! x