For a possessor of such a fanciful semi-classic name as Venus's Looking-glass one would naturally expect to find a more elaborate and dazzling representative than this rather lowly and demure flower. The somewhat weak, slender, annual, wandlike stalk is very leafy, and often leans or reclines against surrounding growths for its support. It is angled and slightly hairy, and branches from near the base. The small leaves are almost an exact heart shape, with scalloped margins, and they clasp the stalk alternatingly. They are prettily folded, and set out from the stalk like tiny basins on a miniature fountain. The corolla of the blue, violet or purplish wheel-like flower has five spreading divisions. There are five stamens and a three-tipped pistil. The long, green calyx has five, stiff, pointed parts. The flowers, which are usually solitary, or sometimes in twos or threes, at the top of the stalk, are set in the axils of the enfolding leaf, and only a few open at a time. The small, lower buds, which are first to appear, ripen their seeds without opening at all. Such buds are called cleis-to-gamic. This Bellflower is found commonly from May to September, in dry, open woodland borders, and grassy hillsides, from ocean to ocean, and from Canada to Utah, Mexico and the Gulf States.