Under the name of Spiraea palmata elegans M. Ed. Pynaert figures and describes in the current number of the Revue de v Horticulture Beige a plant, as it would seem, of great interest and beauty. The interest resides in the circumstance that the plant is stated to be a cross between Astilbe barbata and Spiraea palmata, while the inflorescence is intermediate between the two parents. The flowers are very- numerous, their pink stamens contrasting well with their clear white petals. Whatever its origin, the plant will probably prove hardy, and will be very useful for forcing and for house decoration. - Gar. Chronicle.