Think of this pretty flash of yellow spending its life among the bogs and in dismal swamps, even in Newfoundland! One imagines it to be the nun of the family, sacrificing a conventional life to brighten those lonely, desolate wastes. Or, are they Nature's beacon lights intended to guide the straggling and wayward insects and butterflies that have vainly sought some Will-o'-the-Wisp in these same dreary places. It raises its single, smooth, stout stem from two to four feet in height. Its thick-textured leaves are lance-shaped, and they decrease in size as they approach the top of the stalk. The basal leaves are sometimes a foot in length, and they taper into long, winged petioles or stems, that partly clasp the stalk. The margins are more or less toothed or even entire. The bright yellow flowers are thickly crowded on their little stems, and form a compact, oblong and cylindrical, terminal spike. It is distributed along the wet shores and bogs from Newfoundland and northern New Jersey, to western Ontario, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; also in the mountains of North Carolina, during August and September.