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Parsley Family
Men are not the only creatures who feed upon such of the umbel-bearing plants as are innocent—parsnips, celery, parsley, carrots, caraway, and fennel, among others.
Dogwood Family
Has Nature's garden a more decorative ornament than the Flowering Dogwood, whose spreading flattened branches whiten the woodland borders in May.
Heath Family
A lover of winter indeed (cheima = winter and phileo = to love) is the Prince's Pine, whose beautiful dark leaves keep their color and gloss in spite of snow and intense cold.
Primrose Family
Our slender, symmetrical, common loosestrife, with its whorls of leaves and little star-shaped blossoms, is not even distantly related to the wonderful Purple Loosestrife.
Gentian Family
During the drought of midsummer the lovely Rose Pink blooms inland with cheerful readiness to adapt itself to harder conditions than most of its moisture-loving kin will tolerate.
Dogbane Family
Everywhere at the North welcome across this interesting, rather shrubby plant, with its pretty but inconspicuous little rose-veined bells suggesting pink lilies-of-the-valley.
Milkweed Family
After the orchids, no flowers show greater executive ability, none have adopted more ingenious methods of compelling insects to work for them than the milkweeds.
Convolvulus Family
No one need be told that the pretty, bell-shaped pink and white flower on the vigorous vine clambering over stone walls is akin to the morning-glory of the garden trellis.
Polemonium Family
A charming little plant, growing in dense evergreen mats with which Nature carpets dry, sandy, and rocky hillsides, is often completely hidden beneath its wealth of flowers.
Wild Flowers Borage Family
It was the golden ring around the forget-me-not's centre that first led Sprengel to believe the conspicuous markings at the entrance of many flowers served as pathfinders to insects.
Vervain Family
Bees, the vervain's benefactors, are usually seen clinging to the blooming spikes, and apparently asleep on them.
Mint Family
The Larger or Hyssop Skullcap (S. inlegrifolia) rarely has a dent in its rounded oblong leaves, which, like the stem, are covered with fine down.
Nightshade Family
More beautiful than the graceful flowers are the drooping cymes of bright berries, turning from green to yellow, then to orange and scarlet, in the tangled thicket in autumn.
Figwort Family
Humming birds have been detected gathering the hairs to line their tiny nests. Pale country beauties rub their cheeks with the velvety leaves to make them rosy.
Broom-Rape Family
Nearly related to the broom-rape is this less attractive pirate, a taller, brownish-purple plant, with a disagreeable odor.
Madder Family
A carpet of these dark, shining, little evergreen leaves, whether sprinkled over in June with pairs of waxy, cream-white, pink-tipped, velvety, lilac-scented flowers, or with coral-red "berries" in autumn and winter, is surely one of the loveliest sights in the woods.
Bluebell Family
How dainty, slender, tempting these little flowers are! One gladly risks a watery grave or broken bones to bring down a bunch from its aerial cranny.
Lobelia Family
The easy cultivation from seed of this peerless wild flower might save it to those regions in Nature's wide garden that now know it no more.
Composite Family
Emerson says a weed is a plant whose virtues we have not yet discovered; but surely it is no small virtue in the iron-weed to brighten the roadsides and low meadows throughout the summer with bright clusters of bloom.
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