Family, Lily. Color, white. Perianth of 4 sepals. Stamens, 4. Leaves, 1 to 3, one above the other, on flowering stems, ovate to oblong, pointed at apex, heart-shaped at base, with short, thick petioles, or sessile. Some solitary on longer petioles from the rootstocks. Parallel-veined. Flowers, small, delicate, with a 4-divided perianth, 4 stamens, 1 style, in a terminal spike or cluster, followed in the fall by a bunch of bright-red berries. May and June.

This small lily of the valley is one of the flowers dear to children, who love to press their little fingers into a bed of the shining leaves, mixed with mosses, looking for the downy, fine blossoms. Height, 4 to 7 inches. Stem often bent. In moist woods from New England to North Carolina and westward. (See illustration, p. 49.)

False lily of the valley (Maianthemum canadense)

False lily of the valley (Maianthemum canadense)