This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
In similar localities, but more generally distributed throughout the state, we may find the hair bell. The round radical leaves of this species give rise to its botanical, and the slender hair-like leaves of the stem, to its common name. Nothing can be more graceful than the delicate nodding blue bells of this plant, supported on their slender stalks, and as they wave over some sunny bank, or sheltered crevice, we can only admire and praise them. Another species, the Amplexicaulis, (Clasping Bell-flower,) exhibits the same beautiful blue, but its flowers are half concealed among the clasping leaves of its single upright stem.
Lilium philadelphicum, canadense and superbum, (Field and Wood Lilies.) Lot us visit these low meadows once more, before the scythe strips them of their mantle, for there and in the adjoining hedge row, among the abundant productions of summer, we shall find much that is beautiful. These three species of lily are each superior to some of the cultivated ones. The first has one or two large, red spotted, upright flowers; the second, one or more nodding yellow, or orange ones, with dark spots; but the third is a noble pyramid of 10 - 20 bright orange flowers, with purple spots.