(Plate XIV.)

Family

Bunch-flower.

Colour

Purple.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

New York, southward to Virginia.

Time of Bloom

April, May.

Flozvers: growing in a terminal, blunt raceme. Perianth: divided into six spreading, spatulate segments. Stamens: six. Pistil: one; with a three-branched stigma. Leaves: growing in a cluster at the base of the scape; long, tapering at the base; evergreen; parallel-veined. Scape: stout, with bracts below. Rootstock: tuberous.

A compact, vigourous plant that has a fondness for the state of New Jersey. In fact, it is there so great a feature of swamp and bog life that we find ourselves continually wondering if it is not in some way connected with the political economy of these places.