Like crisp embroidery or delicate lace, the flowers of sand phlox are draped over sandy slopes, in sandy woods, along roads, on sandstone cliffs. The slender root sturdily parts a rock to enter and grow; or extends deeply into the sand where moisture links. The plants themselves are insignificant. Before the trim, pointed buds open, there is little thai attracts the attention to that sunny sand bank where the black jack oaks and red oaks grow, or to the sandstone cliff above the river. But on a sunny morning in late April or in early May. the hank is suddenly exciting with flowers. The -and phlox is in bloom and the sand hank is an enchanted spot.

Sand Phlox (Cleft Phlox).

Phlox bifida Beck.

April - May Cliffs, sands.

The flowers are white, pale porcelain blue, or faintly lavender-pink, though the blues and whites predominate. The flowers are five-pointed stars whose petal- are so deeply cleft that they appear to be ten petals instead of five. The center of the flower is the mouth of a short tube, in which are pale yellow stamens and the pistil. The -and phlox -pleads in a mat over the ground or rocks, sends long, thin stems trailing, and everywhere puts out those -tarry blossoms in the spring sunshine. Then they are finished. A little later, the inconspicuous plant- are seldom no-tieed by those who walk there, and not until spring will the -and phlox again be beautiful enough to stop passing cars or invite the exclamations of delight of a passing hiker.