The misty, spray-like bloom of the Sea Lavender fits in nicely with the azure stars of the Chicory in an endeavour to harmonize the colour scheme of the sea and sky with that of the sandy shores. It grows abundantly in the salt meadows along the Atlantic seaboard from Labrador to Florida and to Texas. The slender, grooved, leafless stalk is much branched at the top, and grows one or two feet high from a thick, smooth, fleshy, perennial rootstock. The thick, narrow, oblong leaf is bluntly pointed, and tapers into a long, slender, margined stem, which rises from the root. The margin is slightly wavy, and the midrib is strong. The minute, solitary, pale purple flowers are set erect and loosely along the upper side of the branches. The tubular calyx is five-toothed and finely ribbed. The corolla has five tiny petals. They blossom from July to October. The bitter root furnishes a powerful astringent which has been extensively employed, especially in New England, as a local application for relieving canker sores. The roots of a larger species is used in Spain and Russia for tanning hides. The Marsh Rosemary is an open, frail-looking plant, and as the fragrant flowers do not lose their colour, dried bunches are used for decorating vases and mantels, and are said to keep away moths. Simonium is an ancient name of the wild beet.