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On May 4, 2002, Lilith from Durham United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
Native to Northern Europe, Field Gentian is a small flowered relative of the garden Gentians, with clusters of purplish, tubular flowers. Field Gentian is bitter-tasting and one of several plants used to flavour ales before the introduction of Hops. Native species were sometimes made into a tonic used medicinally and ued to stimulate appetite.