Star Gentian

Genus Swertia
Gentian Family (Gentianaceae)

Star Gentian (Alpine Bog Swertia)

Star Gentian
(Swertia perennis)

The Star Gentian is also known as Alpine Bog Swertia and Star Felwort. It grows at high elevations, in boggy wet soil.

It is a small plant -- 8 to 12 inches high -- with several blue or purple or greenish blossoms along the stem.

The genus was named for the Dutch botanist, Emanuel Sweert.