The margins of many a little rivulet - or, as they call it here, "branch" - are brightened during August and a part of September by the very pretty blue blossoms of the present plant. This Lobelia is moderately well-known in the old country, and prized by all true lovers of hardy flowers. It ranges from 2 to 3 feet high, and the stem ends in a raceme. I have not sufficient facts to justify me in venturing to lay down a rule just yet, but I think it probable that the majority of early-flowering American plants should have their seeds sown soon in autumn; whereas, in the case of late-flowering plants, probably the seed had better be kept till spring before being put into the ground. This, of course, is only a suggestion, but it may cause some one well up in the matter to arrange what he knows, and give it to the public. I never saw Lobelia syphilitica doing any good in a dense forest, although I have observed moderate-sized specimens in tracts of woodland where the trees were "few and far between." This plant delights in a rich moist loam, though, when I say that I have known it thrive well in the poor, parched, sandy soil of Kew, it will be seen that it is not by any means hard to please.

Seed is easily obtained, but should only be used when great numbers are required, as nothing is easier than to increase this plant by parting, and the operation in question had much better be performed in the spring.