[Name from the Greek, meaning marsk-flower.}
Limnanthes Douglasii. - Mr. Douglas' Limnanthes. - A native of California, from whence it was sent by Mr. Douglas. The plant is aunual, quite hardy, decumbent, stems growing ten or twelve inches long. The stems are crowned with numerous fragant flowers, each about an inch across, much resembling in size and form the Nemophila insignis. A large portion of the flower is a deep yellow, the extremities of the petals being white. It blooms from June to August.
[The plant, out of flower, is very similar to Linum, Flax.]
The species are for the most part pretty annual plants, and some of them, as Linaria Cymbalaria, well adapted for growing in pots or for rock-work; L. triphylla is a popular border annual; L. triornithophora is remarkable for the form of its flowers, which resemble three little birds seated in the spur. L. vulgaris, known as Butter and Eggs, Toad-Flax, and Ranstead-weed, is a very showy plant, but a bad weed. L. bipartita, lutea, alba and splen-dida, and L. macroura, are also pretty plants.
[Linum, in Celtic, signifies thread.]
A native of the far "West with bright blue flowers, which, though they fade soon, are produced so abundantly that the plant is for a long time in flower.
A handsome annual from Algiers. It has large, brilliant, crimson flowers, and but seldom produces seed. L. luteum is similar, with yellow flowers. L. usitatissimum, is the cultivated Flax; it is an annual species with handsome blue flowers, the proper place of which is the field rather than the garden.
[A name of unknown meaning.]
A curious genus, mostly annuals, remarkable for the beauty of their singular flowers, but the plants possess one quality which must forever banish them from the pleasure garden; the whole plant is covered with hairs, which, on being even slightly touched, eject a poison into the flesh, causing a painful blister, the effect of which does not pass off for several days.
It is a native of South America; a climber, growing twelve to twenty feet in a season. The seed should be sown in a warm border, early in May. The flowers are prettily colored, between a brick-red and orange shade, and produced in profusion through the summer and autumn. It is very ornamental, when properly trained upon a trellis; but it will be best not to come within touching distance of the plant without a good pair of gloves. L. Pentlandii is another beautiful species, of later introduction than the last, and said to be more tender; this is also a climbing plant.