Color, rose pink. Corolla, 1/2 inch long, as described in G. purpurea.. Leaves, very narrow, linear, acute, sessile, scattered on the stem. 1/2 to 2 feet long. August to October.

Slender gerardia (Gerardia tenuifolia)

Slender gerardia (Gerardia tenuifolia)

These pretty flowers color the fields of New Jersey, Long Island, and all the Eastern States westward as far as Illinois with bright crimson interspersed with slender, grass-like leaves. They can be seen in their season from the railway cars in great profusion. The flowers appear on long, slender, dark-colored stems. The corolla is often spotted. The root is probably parasitic, as the plant turns black in drying. (See illustration, p. 290.)

G. parvifolia. - Color, bright pink. Corolla - lobes, spreading. Stem, slender, 6 to 18 inches high. Leaves, linear, awl-shape, very small above, scattered. A small, slender species with bright flowers. August to October.

Sandy soil, near the coast, Massachusetts to Florida and Louisiana.