The arctic gentian (Gentianoides algida) belongs to Gentianaceae (the Gentian family). It is a perennial herb that is native to the Rocky Mountain States, from Montana south to Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. This herb grows in subalpine to alpine, meadows and streamsides, and up to a height of 10-15 cm. The leaves are linear and clumping. The flowers bloom from July to September. Flowers are creamy white to green white, with very strong streaks of purple on the outside and dots of purple on the inside.