When one has viewed the myriads of Quaker Ladies that blossom so vigorously from April to July, it is not difficult to realize that the spirit that moved them never prompted their dignified namesakes with such strenuous activity. Otherwise their azure bonnets would never have graced our grassy meadows with so much profusion as we are annually privileged to enjoy. The slender, spreading rootstock forms a dense tuft of small leaves, from which a frail, sparingly branched green stem rises from three to seven inches in height. The tiny, toothless leaves are generally oblong in shape. The basal ones are broader toward the end and are narrowed into short stems. A few smaller ones clasp the stem in opposite pairs. The delicate flowers are very small, and are set in a tiny green calyx on the tip of the stem, where they nod in the bud. The corolla is funnel-shaped, with four widely spreading and pointed lobes. They are white, faintly tinged with light blue or violet, with a circle of yellow in the centre. The Bluets often grow in great colonies in moist, sunny fields, along roadsides and fences or on wet rocks, from Georgia and Alabama to Michigan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Linnaeus dedicated this genera to Dr. William Houston, an English botanist who collected in tropical America, and who died in 1733. There are about twenty-five species of this genus in North America.