These plants are well deserving of being extensively cultivated, for, being among the earliest tall flowers of spring, they make a fine appearance at a season when such flowers are much wanted to decorate the flower garden. Dwarf flowering plants we have in abundance at that season, but tall flowering plants are not so plentiful.

Besides, the beauty of the plants, and the splendor of the magnificent pendulous flowers, should ever secure them a place in the flower garden. The stalk rises to the height of four feet or upwards, and is garnished two-thirds of the length on every side with lone, narrow leaves, ending in points which are smooth and entire. The upper part of the stalk is naked for a foot of its length; then the flowers come out all round the stalk upon short footstalks which turn downward, and each sustain one large flower. Above these rises a spreading tuft of green leaves, which are erect, the whole giving the plant a striking appearance.

They may be propagated by seeds or offsets from the root, the latter being the method generally adopted.

The roots may remain the year round in the soil, and need only be transplanted every three or four years. When planted in mixed borders they should not be planted too near to other flowers. They should be planted six inches deep at least, especially the stronger roots. They delight in a light soil, not too wet nor very full of dung. When planted in mixed borders they should always be kept properly labelled, otherwise the roots may be injured when the borders are being dug and cleaned. - Floral World.