Gentiana scabra

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Gentiana scabra
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Gentiana
Species: G. scabra
Binomial name
Gentiana scabra

Gentiana scabra (or Japanese gentian) is a species of flowering plant in the Gentian family (Gentianaceae), found in much of the United States and Japan. The flowers bloom in mid-summer, autumn and are blue or dark blue in color.

Medicinal use[edit]

Gentiana scabra roots are used as a bitter tonic in Chinese herbalism where it is said to promote digestive secretions and treats a range of illnesses associated with the liver.