Family, Heath. Color, white. Leaves, evergreen, leathery, resinous - dotted, and when young covered with scurfy scales, small, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, oblong, some of them lance-shape, with a few minute teeth, the upper ones, especially those among the flowers, reduced to abracts. Calyx, of 5 stiff, rigid sepals. Corolla, tubular, cylindrical, 5-toothed. Stamens, 10, anthers opening by a hole at the top Capsule, 5-celled. The sprays of waxen-white, close, bell-shape flowers droop upon slender pedicels springing from the axils of the small, upper leaves. April and May.
Dwarf Cassandra (C'hamaedaphne calyculata)
Cassandra, daughter of Priam and Hecuba, was a beautiful prophetess. One of the legends connected with her is that she and her brother, while asleep in the sanctuary of Apollo, had their hearing changed so that they could understand the voices of birds. Because Cassandra refused to obey the god Apollo, he ordained that her prophecies should meet with no belief. Therefore, when she predicted the ruin of Troy, the indignant Trojans shut her up in a mad-house. (See illustration, p. 414.)