How like the "babes in the wood" are the curious-looking flowers of the Wild Ginger, as they lie closely snuggled to the bosom of Mother Earth, obscurely sheltered by their own velvety-green leaves! The casual observer would never dream of their presence amid the cool, thrifty, green masses of their heart-shaped foliage that, ruglike, cover partially shaded nooks in rich, open woodland, along moist, stony slopes. The exceedingly odd flowers have a peculiar habit of growing partly buried, frequently face downward, in the accumulation of bleached and decaying litter about them. They are sombre-hued, and harmonize so cleverly with their musty surroundings as to appear tolerably inconspicuous. Even if we should crouch on our knees and part the foliage, it would require a second sharp look to discover the solitary and somewhat bell-shaped blossoms. All parts of the plant emit an aromatic fragrance when bruised, strongly suggesting that of ginger, from which it received its common name. The odour is at once pleasing and refreshing. The roots yield a volatile oil now extensively used in the manufacture of perfumery. The dried roots are sold at the druggists, as Canada Snakeroot, and country people make decoctions from them for relieving stomach ache. Usually, two long-stemmed, dark green leaves rise from a stout, fibrous, creeping rootstock. They are thin-textured, blunt-pointed, and have two very large lobes at their base. They are broadly heart- or kidney-shaped, and their margins are toothless. Their surface is strongly creased with numerous ribs and veinings. The stumpy, short-stemmed flower has no petals, and springs from between the base of the leaf stems. The slightly angular, bell-shaped calyx is exceedingly thick and fleshy, and is covered with minute hairs. Its upper part is divided into three short-pointed lobes which, at first, are incurved, then become widely spread, and form a triangular outline. The edges are also curved outward. Their base forms a cup around the short, thick, six-parted pistil, which is surrounded with a dozen stamens. It is stained with purple and olive brown, and is found from April to June, from New Brunswick to Manitoba, and south to North Carolina, Missouri, and Kansas.