There was a time when it was believed that the proof of a plant being a true species was, that it would reproduce itself from seed - a variety would not. If like would produce like it was in a true botanical sense, a species. Again, it is assumed that if a seedling proves sterile, it may be a hybrid, under the assumption that all hybrids are sterile. The last proposition is no more true than the first, but it still holds in some quarters, while the first has been generally abandoned. There are now so many races of plants known to be varieties reproducing from seed as truly as any good species could, that no one can doubt that there is no difference between like producing like in either species or varieties.

Verbena hybrida compacta nana.

Verbena hybrida compacta nana.

We have here a form of Verbena, that produces itself from seeds just as well as the original species, and yet differs in not having the running or creep-ing character of the ordinary Verbena, which, as all know, creeps and roots over the surface of the ground. It has lost its creeping character, and makes a dwarf compact bush. Mr. David Sachs, the well known seedsman, of Ouedlinburg, tells us that this does not produce bush Verbenas in every case, but the few seedlings that do so are quite exceptional.

Outside of its interest to science, the new race will be very welcome to those who love Verbenas for their own sakes. It makes a white bushy mass, as closely set together as a mass of candytufts; five inches is about the average height of these little bushes. Like all of the European productions of this character, it has had to have a nomen fashionable, which is Verbena hybrida compacta nana, but by the time it gets into American hands, this will have to be considerably shortened.