The margin of the pond has its own peculiar plant life which grows among the grasses bending over the water. There is Eclipta and there are calamus beds, and a few cattails, perhaps some swamp milkweed. And there, low and almost invisible hut very much in evidence from a frog's eye view is the little fog-fruit. It is related to the verbenas and if its flower head were enlarged a few diameters it might be admired as a most handsome wild flower.
Phyla lanceolata ( Michx.) Greene.
June - August Along ponds, damp places.
But instead it has several pairs of rather coarse leaves like vervain leaves, and slender stems topped with miniature bouquets of flowers. The blossoms are tiny and pinkish white or are entirely white, arranged neatly around a purplish, cone-like center. Many a child ha- gathered the tiny band-bouquets of the fog-fruit to make corsages or doll-house table decorations of them. They are miniatures which are not very noticeable when viewed from the superior height of an adult walking through the pond-side grass.
But down at their own level they have a degree of small beauty which lie- in that certain perfection of a successful plant in its chosen habitat, and the interest which large mortals find in looking at something small and perfect and complete.