Family

Polemonium.

Colour

Pale lilac or blue.

Odour

Slightly fragrant.

Range

New York westward and southward.

Time of Bloom

April. May.

Flowers: large, over an inch broad; terminal, in loose cymose clusters. Calyx: of five pointed sepals. Corolla: salver-form; of five round lobes that extend into a slender tube, and have an eye of a darker colour. Stamens: five; unequal, in the tube of the corolla, with deep orange anthers. Pistil; one; stigma, three-lobed. Leaves: lanceolate; opposite; entire. Stem: a toot to eighteen inches high; erect; spreading.

There is so great a similarity between the wild phlox and the cultivated forms of the plant that when we meet it in the moist woods we are just a little surprised, and feel inclined to ask if it is enjoying its stroll away from the garden. It has such a complacent expression, however, that we hesitate and pursue our own way feeling sure that if it has strayed away from home it will find its way back again, unaided.

P. metadata, or wild sweet william, as it is commonly known, is a purplish-pink variety. Its flowers grow in panicles and the leaves are rather heart-shaped at the base. The stem is conspicuously dotted with purple. It grows in rocky ground and blooms a little later in the season than the above species.