This genus, of which Canadensis is the only known species, is found abundantly in a wild state over a large portion of Canada and the United States, growing in bogs and the margins of lakes; and though introduced into this country about a century ago, has not yet been so much valued as it deserves, as it is unquestionably one of the linest early flowering-shrubs in cultivation. This to some extent may be accounted for by the fact that it is deciduous and somewhat spare in its growth, seldom bushy, and rarely exceeding 3 feet in height; its free-flowering habit, however, more than compensates for these defects, and nothing can exceed its beauty, when, in the beginning of March or early in April, before the young leaves make their appearance, it unfolds its showy pale purple flowers.

Along with a good rich peaty soil, the Rhodora should have a moist and rather shady situation, as it will thrive and grow with an amount of moisture which would kill the great majority of other American shrubs. It is also one of our best plants for early forcing, as it is easily flowered with a moderate degree of heat so early as January; and if afterwards kept shaded and cool, will remain a long time in perfection.

Hugh Fraser.