Green Gentian (Frasera speciosa)

Biennial/Perennial
Swertia radiata. Kuntze.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Green Gentian
Frasera speciosa
Gentianaceae

The root, when ground into a powder and then mixed with oil, has been used as a parasiticide in order to kill lice[155].

  • Medicinal Use

    The whole plant is febrifuge, pectoral, laxative and tonic[155, 257]. An infusion of the dried, powdered leaves, or the root, has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea[257]. A cooled decoction of the roots has been used in the treatment of asthma, colds, digestive complaints etc[257].

    An infusion of the plant has been used as a contraceptive[213].

    Caution is advised in the use of this plant, see the notes above on toxicity.

  • Edible Use

    Root[105, 106, 155, 161]. It has been reported that the N. American Indians ate the fleshy root of this plant, but caution is advised since the roots of closely related plants are used medicinally as emetics and cathartics[212]. See the notes above on toxicity.

  • Cautionary Notes

    When used medicinally, large doses of the powdered root have proved fatal[155].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in late winter[200].
Requires a moist but well-drained position and a stony peaty soil[1, 200]. Requires an acidic soil[200]. A very ornamental plant[1].
Western N. America – California to Washington.

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