Family

Figwort.

Colour

Lilac and white.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Northward from the south.

Time of Bloom

Summer.

Flowers: nodding; growing in a panicle. Calyx: of five sepals. Corolla: two-lipped; dilated; similar to that of the above. Stamens: four fertile and one sterile which is heavily bearded with yellow. Pistil: one. Leaves: opposite; lanceolate. Stem: one to two feet high; rather clammy.

Flower laid open showing stamens.

Flower laid open showing stamens.

Although not a common plant, we are sometimes so fortunate as to find the beard's tongue on rocky hillsides, or in the wood borders. Its beard is even handsomer than that of the western variety.

P. Newberryi (Plate CIV) is a pretty variety that is found growing on rocks in the far west. It is clearly presented by the illustration.