No matter how different their Leaves may be, the lowers of the Mustard family, Cruci-ferae, show their resemblance to each other in the cross-shaped blossoms and bitter, watery juice. It is the shape of the simple little flowers which gives the entire family its botanical name - Cruciferae, the cross-shaped ones.

Tansy Mustard.

Descurainia brachycarpa (Richards) Schulz.

April. Roadsides, bottomlands.

Tansy mustard and winter cress {Barbarea vulgaris) are two which have extremes in leaf patterns: there is very little similarity between them. Tansy mustard grows in dry soil in full sunlighl from May through most of July. It has very 6nely cu1 leaves which are arranged alternately upon the downy stem. The plant is ferny, rather pretty, not as weedy in appearance as so many of the grosser mustards arc The stem tapers to a Loose head of tiny yellow flowers held outward on slim, Little stems. As each flower passes ou1 of bloom, the long thin seed pod stands at an angle on the stalk until the whole head i- a cluster of seeds.

Winter cress long ago was called the Herb of St. Barbara in Europe where it was used as a very popular spring vegetable. Its stout, rather hollow, juicy -talk- and compound, glossy, cress-like Leaves are topped with clusters of bright yellow mustard flowers. Winter cress blooms early in Low places and along roads where the ditches are moist and frogs are loud on an April evening. Winter cress is a bright bit of sun-gold in a land-cape -till colored with the drabness of winter.