(Plate LXI.)

Family

Pulse.

Colour

Purplish.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Western and southern states.

Time of Bloom

Early summer.

Flowers: growing in a dense, pyramidal spike. Calyx: deeply parted; of five, nearly equal teeth; hairy. Corolla: papilionaceous; the standard rather oblong. Stamens: ten; united by their filaments. Leaves: three-foliate; orbicular; entire; hairy; on long peduncles. Stem: prostrate; creeping.

This herbaceous plant, with its creeping stem, is a native of California. There is a vigour and energy about its growth which is very pleasing. One also fancies that like John Gilpin's wife it is blessed with a frugal mind.