(Plate CXXXI.)

Family

Figwort.

Colour

Pinkish lavender.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

North and south.

Time of Bloom

August, September.

Flowers: axillary; growing along the diverging flower-stalks. Calyx: of five-toothed sepals. Corolla: one inch across; tubular; bell-shaped with five irregular lobes daintily dotted with a deeper colour. Stamens: four, in pairs of unequal length; downy. Pistil; one. Fruit: an ovate, pointed pod. Leaves: opposite: linear. Stem: branched.

A lovely little flower of quaint expression which peeps at one in the low meadows. It is very frail and soon drops from the stem when picked; but the pretty buds come out well after having been placed in water. To climate it is very susceptible, and when it wanders to other than its native soil the bloom soon shows the difference.

G. mariima is the species that is found on salt meadows. It is seldom over a foot high, while the preceding plant is frequently four feet high. The flowers are also smaller and fainter in colour.

They have both forsaken the two-lipped corolla of the fig-wort family, as have the foxgloves. No doubt they are both of them a trifle perverse; and that they are indolent is made certain by their having the reputation of being parasites.