(Plate CXXIV.)

Family

Pulse.

Colour

Yellowish and purple.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Southern New England southward and westward.

Time of Bloom

June, July.

Flowers: growing closely in a terminal cluster. Calyx: five-cleft. Corolla: papilionaceous; the standard broadly ovate and notched at the apex; the wings a purplish red. Stamens: ten; nine of them united. Pistil: one. Pod: flat; linear. Leaves: odd-pinnate, with smooth, oval leaflets. Stem: slightly shrubby.

It is always a pleasure to come upon the goat's rue whose manner of growth is graceful and its colouring effective. It would seem as though Dame Nature had mixed her palette to paint it in accordance with her taste for variety. Again, we lament the absence of fragrance, which we unconsciously expect to find, as the bloom strongly suggests the garden sweet pea.