We have lately had a number of inquiries in relation to the Spergula pilif-erat and present the following from the French, as containing, in a brief compass, about all that is known of its adaptability to ornamental purposes. We also present a drawing of the plant, which gives a good idea of its general appearance, except that it is much more compact as we saw it. Mr. Sargcant, we believe, has had it out during the past winter, and we may therefore soon expect to hear something specific in regard to its hardiness.

The Spergula pilifera is a very pretty miniature plant, not exceeding two inches in height (including the flowers); its numerous small stems, which are hidden in a mass of fine acicular, very short leaves, form a compact, velvety turf, of the most beautiful green, and quite similar to moss.

"From the midst of the leaves, the flowers show themselves during nearly the whole of summer and autumn. Small, starry, very white, and slightly fragrant, they succeed each other in great quantities, and in fading leave no disagreeable traces.

"Of very rapid growth, the smallest portion, planted in the spring, forms during the current year a tuft from ten to twelve inches in diameter; it consequently covers the ground rapidly, and appears perfectly adapted for forming edgings, turf walks, or lawns, of the most pleasing effect. It can also probably be used advantageously in ornamenting rock-work, etc. It grows well in the shade, and experiments already made lead to the belief, that it will thrive equally when fully exposed to the sun, preserving its verdure and remarkable freshness of appearance.

"A mossy rural turf, requiring no mowing or cutting of any kind, which may, indeed, be said to need no care, requires no eulogy, and by these qualities alone recommends itself to amateurs.



"Its propagation is very easy, either by seed or by the division of the stands, which may be separated almost infinitely; a small package of the seeds, or a few tufts of the plant, are therefore sufficient for a stock. The sowing should be in the open air, whether in pots or in the ground. The seed being very small, should be very slightly covered, or it is sufficient to leave it on the surface of the ground, in which case it should be kept in the shade. The young plants should be pricked out into the open ground, where they are to remain, at a later period. If it is intended to form an edging, the plants should be placed at a distance of from eight to ten inches apart. If a turf walk or a lawn is to be made, the plants should be placed checker-wise, at distances of six or eight inches. The spread of the plants is so rapid that they will soon form a continuous carpet, compact and inimitable.

"As to the quality of soil required, this plant does not appear to be difficult, and it is probable that it will thrive almost any where in a soil somewhat compact, provided there are a few inches of vegetable mold. If the soil is not naturally compact, it should be made so by using the roller.

"Mr. Lucien Georges, to whom is due the initiative of employing this plant in the ornamentation of gardens, gave it the name of Sagina acicw-laris in distributing it in France and England. In England it was supposed to be the Spergula pilifera, and it is by this name that it has been announced in the catalogues and brought forward in the horticultural journals, which have eulogized it very highly. In consequence of this name being that under which it appeared in the horticultural world, we preserve it; it is proper to say, however, that it is neither Sagina acieularis nor Spergula piliferay but rather, according to Professor Decaisne, Spergula or Lagina subulata, an indigenous species in several parts of France".