What does the word gentian mean?

Usage examples for gentian

  1. The valance was of chintz in gentian blue and white. – The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe
  2. I really think that walk in the shrubbery, where the gentian grew in such quantity, is one of the sweetest places of the kind I ever was in. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan