Family, Rose. Color, white, with a tinge of light pink. Calyx, 5-cleft. Petals, 5. Stamens, many. Pods, 5, opening along one seam. Leaves, alternate, on short petioles, oval or inversely ovate, pinnately veined, serrate, on short petioles, 1 to 2 inches long. June to August.

A slender, tawny-stemmed shrub, 2 to 4 feet high, growing along fence-rows and roadsides in wet soil. The dry fruit last year is sometimes found on the bush among the flow of this year. From New England southward, among the mountains, to Georgia and westward. (See illustration, p. 396

Meadow sweet. Quaker lady. (Spiraea salicifolia)

Meadow-sweet. Quaker lady. (Spiraea salicifolia)