A genus of one North American species, occasionally seen in our gardens. Flowers white, in dense terminal bracteate spikes. Petals none. Stamens about 24; filaments long, clavate. Capsule 2-seeded. Named after Dr. Fothergill.

1. F. alnifolia. - A dwarf straggling shrub with slender crooked branches. Leaves deciduous, obliquely ovate, pubescent beneath, irregularly crenate, or lobed above the middle. Flowers fragrant, produced in May before the leaves.