In the January number of a charming little periodical called 'The Sun-children's Budget,' intended to teach young children botany easily and amusingly, there was an account and an illustration of a rare English wild flower, Pćonia corallina. The coloured print of it gives the idea that the red may not be of a very pretty hue; bat this would not matter, as the chief charm of the plant is the seed-pod. This slightly resembles in shape the seed-pod of that other charming wild flower the Iris fćtidissima, also much less grown than it should be in semi-wild damp places, with its beautiful coral-red seed and strange-shaped, gaping capsule, so decorative in a vase in winter. The seed-covered branching growth of Montbretias mixes well with the twiggy flower-stems of the Statice (or Sea Lavender). S. latifolia is the best for winter decoration. To return to Pćonia corallina. I have been able to get some plants from Mr. Thompson. He says it is a greedy feeder, that the seeds germinate slowly, and that the plant grown from seed is long in coming to its flowering-time. It flowers in May and June, and in the autumn the brown downy pods open along their inner side and display the seeds. It seems to be a most rare wild flower, growing on an island in the Severn. Sir William Hooker says it is to be found at Blaize Castle, near Bristol. Gerarde mentions it, and says that he found it in a rabbit warren at Southfleet in Kent. But in my edition the editor, Thomas Johnson, is sceptical, and adds severely: 'I have been told that our author himself planted that Peionie there, and afterwards seemed to find it there by accident; and I do believe it was so, because none before or since have ever seen or heard of its growing wild in any part of this kingdom.' The origin of the botanical word 'Pćonia' is from one Pćon, the physician of the Olympian gods, who used the leaves for healing, notably in the case of Pluto when he was wounded by Hercules.