This large genus of plants embraces more than ninety species, all inhabitants of the United States; some of them very handsome; giving life and beauty to our fields and woods, during the autumnal months, by the profusion of the various shades of their blue, purple, or white flowers. Most of the family are perennials, easily transplanted when in flower, provided they are cut down to the ground, and may be planted among the shrubbery or borders, and will add grace and beauty to the garden. One of the finest, A. Novce Angles, or New England, is a strong-growing plant, three or four feet high, with large purple flowers.
A. multijlora is a very fine plant, producing its snow-white flowers in beautiful wreaths, having small linear leaves, of a deep glossy green; two feet high. If we had never seen this so common, and if it had been introduced from some foreign land, it would no doubt produce quite a sensation among florists.
A. puniceus has brilliant light-blue flowers; grows three or four feet high.
A. cyanus has purplish-blue flowers; three feet high.
A. diffusus is a beautiful species, producing a profusion of small white flowers with brownish disk; two to three feet high.
A. puniceus, A. cordifolia, A. corymbosum, A. Iaevis, A. diversifolia, and many others, would be valuable acquisitions to the large flower-garden, and all improved by transplanting. They would open a wide field for improvement by hybridizing.