Branches slender, trailing. Leaves: obscurely crenate, thick, sometimes wider than long. Flowers: two-flowered, nodding; peduncles slender, erect, two-bracted at the summit; calyx-tube five-lobed; corolla tubular-campanulate, five-lobed.
This lovely fragrant plant, called after the great Linnaeus, the Father of Botany, is a "Monument of the Man of Flowers," who loved its exquisite pink bells above all else in Nature, and who sealed his preference by adopting it as his crest.
There is no more charming spot in the mountains than some sequestered nook or shady bank carpeted and adorned by the delicate trailing branches of the Northern Twin Flower, its glossy green leaves mingling with the moss, and its pale pink pairs of bells, veined and lined with rose colour, growing in lavish profusion and "gently to the passing breeze diffusing fragrance." The slender stalks of this vine stand up erect, and, forking near the summit, bear on either side twin-born pendent blossoms of rare loveliness.
Seeking the shade and moisture, this plant avoids exposed or sunny places, for "Beneath dim aisles, in odorous beds, The slight Linnaea hangs its twin-born heads," and reminds us as we gather its graceful perfumed bells that "sweetest of all things is wild-flower air."
It is widely distributed throughout most northern countries, and is found even within the limits of the Arctic Circle.