New England southward and westward.
Flowers: growing in loose, leafy clusters. Calyx: of five sepals, two larger than the others and appearing like bracts. Corolla: of five petals. Stamens: numerous. Pistil: one. Leaves . very small; numerous; hugging the stem closely. Stem: low; bushy; heath-like.
It seems rather the irony of fate that the word poverty should ever have been associated with this heather-like little plant. Its bright, yellow flowers and green leaves are extremely pretty against the light background of some sandy hillside. There is, however, a hopelessness, a lack of endurance about the little blossoms that is to be regretted. They open in the sunshine, unresistingly give up the struggle, and live but a single day.