Fertile flowers, in ball-like catkins, the fruit being a little hard, green nut surrounded by 8 long, awl-shaped, persistent green scales. In the sterile catkins the scales are pointed above, heart or kidney - shape below. Leaves, long, lance-shape, cut into fern-like divisions. April and May.

In woods and on hillsides where the soil is dry and sandy. A favorite, common, low shrub,whose leaves when crushed give out a pleasant odor. They droop quickly after being picked.