The Shepherd's Purse takes its name from the little, flat, triangular seed-pods, which are the plant's most conspicuous production. It is found the world over, from one end of the year to the other. It was introduced into this country from Europe and is, perhaps, our most common weed. It is found in blossom from April to September, and prospers in waste places, and along paths and roadsides everywhere. It resembles the Sweet Alyssum of our garden borders, to which it is related. The branching stalk rises from a long, deep root to a height of from six to twenty inches. Four little white petals and six tiny stamens, two of which are shorter than the others, one pistil, and four early falling, fuzzy sepals form this insignificant flower, which is borne in a small terminal cluster. As the stem grows, the flowers continue to blossom and graduate into the small, wedge-shaped seed cases after they mature. The long, narrow leaves form a large rosette at the base of the stalk and they are deeply divided into numerous, irregular pointed parts which are arranged in pairs, with a larger, terminal lobe. The few alternating stem leaves are lance-shaped with the margins more or less toothed. They are stemless and clasp the stalk with an arrow-shaped base. The lower part of the plant is often covered with fine, forked hairs. The plant has some medicinal qualities.