Many of the composite flowers have dry involures, which retain their form and appearance long after they have been cut, and enter largely into winter ornamentation of parlors and dwelling-houses generally. There is now quite a good bit of them which may be grown as annuals from seed sown in the spring. In this connection may be named the Acroclinium roseum, Helichrysum of many species, Helipterum Sandfordi, Waitzia aurea, Xer-anthemum annuum, and varieties Rhodanthe Manglesii and Ammobium alatum.