Fairies' Fountain would have been a more deserving and appropriate name for this pretty floral cascade. During a shower this allusion becomes more real than fancied, as the attractive leaves are arranged in whorls or wheels, one above the other, at regular intervals along the slender, upright stalk, just like basins in a fountain, that catch the drip from tip to base. The trembling yellow flowers, which spring gracefully from the centre of the green leafy basins, are sprayed in every direction, and when the plant sways in the sunshine, they glitter and sparkle as they play over the curving leafy rims. The Four-leaved Loosestrife is found from June to August, in moist, open woodlands and thickets. The light green stalk is often faintly hairy, and grows from one to three feet in height. The toothless, yellow-green leaves are narrowly oblong, or lance-shaped, and are pointed at both ends. Their surface is obscurely covered with tiny, oblong black marks which follow the direction of the veinings. The midrib is noticeable and the texture is thin. They are arranged in circles of from three to seven, but commonly in fours, about the stalk, and as they approach the top they gradually diminish in size. The small, delicate flower has from five to seven long-pointed and spreading lobes. They are fright yellow, edged with red, and frequently and finely streaked, or sparingly spotted. The five erect yellowish stamens are clustered around the pistil and project beyond the corolla. They are tipped with purple, and there is a tiny circle of this colour at their base. The tips of the five-parted green calyx show between the corolla lobes. The flowers are set on hair-like stems, one of which starts from the axil of each leaf. This species is rather common from Georgia and Illinois to Canada.
FOUR-LEAVED, or WHORLED LOOSESTRIFE. Lysimachia quadrifolia.