Fragrant, like almonds.
Flowers: terminal in pairs; nodding; borne on individual thread-like flower-stalks that terminate in a common peduncle. Calyx: small; five-toothed. Corolla: bell-shaped, with five rounded lobes; hairy within. Stamens: four; two longer than the others. Pistil: one; protruding. Leaves: opposite; on petioles; round; shining, evergreen; rising from the stem. Stem; trailing; decumbent.
The serene sweetness of these little twin blossoms has attracted to them many lovers. Linnaeus, with his abundant knowledge of the flowers, loved them better than any other and Gronovius bestowed upon them his family name. It would seem as though they exhaled the helpful love of a brother and sister which blooms with refreshed vigour every springtime.
The following tale is told of Linnaeus in connection with his fondness for them.
A friend gathering a small flower on the shore of a Swedish lake asked the great botanist if it were L. borealis.
"Nay," said the philosopher, "she lives not here, but in the middle of our largest woods. She clings with her little arms to the moss, and seems to resist very gently if you force her from it. She has a complexion like the milk-maid; and oh ! she is very, very sweet and agreeable."