These pretty flowers color the fields of New Jersey, Long Island, and all the Eastern States westward as far as Illinois with bright crimson interspersed with slender, grass-like leaves. They can be seen in their season from the railway cars in great profusion. The flowers appear on long, slender, dark-colored stems. The corolla is often spotted. The root is probably parasitic, as the plant turns black in drying. (See illustration, p. 290.)
G. parvifolia. - Color, bright pink. Corolla - lobes, spreading. Stem, slender, 6 to 18 inches high. Leaves, linear, awl-shape, very small above, scattered. A small, slender species with bright flowers. August to October.