One of the most extraordinary and distinct of its family. It produces large lobed leaves 8 inches across, attached near the centre to strong stalks 18 inches or 2 feet long, and bearing striking resemblance to an umbrella, in consequence of which it is popularly called Umbrella plant. The flower-stalks rise to the height of 2 feet, bearing cymes of large, white, rose-tinted flowers. It forms strong fleshy creeping stems, and is found growing on the margins of streams in California, with the stems frequently submerged. This at once suggests its fitness for ornamenting the banks of streams and lakes in this country, and that abundant moisture is an essential condition to its successful culture anywhere. W. S.