(Plate LXXV.)

Family

Bellflower.

Colour

Blue.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Southern Alleghanies.

Time of Bloom

June-August.

Flowers; small; one-third of an inch long; nodding; growing in spreading panicles. Calyx: five-lobed. Corolla: bell-shaped; five-lobed. Stamens; five. Pistil: one, protruding, with three stigmas. Leaves: scattered; lanceolate; coarsely toothed. Stem: erect; branching.

When on some mountain-top these little bells are freshly washed by a thunder-shower, and the sun shines out to dry them off as the breeze sways them gaily to and fro, we fancy we have found the enchanted land of the little people. They are too tiny and gentle to belong to the world of grown-up folk.

Oh, sweetly nodding little bells

That ring sweet chimes for the fairies' dell.