This plant is probably better known to children as the "Pudding-bag," than by any other name. The thick, fleshy leaves are bruised in the mouth with the tongue until the skin separates bag-like, and then, by blowing in the open end they are inflated into so-called balloons or pillows. Orpine was formerly employed as a domestic remedy for healing wounds. The stout, branching, very leafy, pale green stalk is smooth and juicy, and grows from twelve to eighteen inches high. The smooth, broadly oval, alternating leaf has a coarsely toothed margin, and is thick and juicy. They are supported by a stout midrib, and clasp the stalk with an upward tilt. The purplish flower is small and has ten stamens and five sharply pointed and spreading petals. They are densely clustered in round terminal groups. The plant is reserved, however, in its flowering habits, but is not easily discouraged in maintaining its livelihood, and spreads freely by its joints. It is common in fields and along woodsides from Quebec and Ontario, southern Maryland, and Michigan, from June to September.