Family

Buckwheat.

Colour

Rose pink.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Maine to Florida.

Time of Bloom

September.

Flowers: minute; growing nodding in a spike-like raceme; each flower appearing from within a bract. Calyx: unequally five-parted. Corolla: none. Stamens: eight. Pistil: one; styles, three. Leaves: alternate; sheathing the stem; linear; jointed at the base. Stem: upright; branching; thread-like.

What sweet things must the autumn winds whisper to the tiny knotweed as they sweep along the coast, to make it tint the sandy plain with its delicate blush! And what a keen appreciation the little plant must have of the beauty dear to Dame Nature's heart to give out its bloom so abundantly ! It seems loath to leave us, and often lingers well on into the autumn.