THE great American velvet plant (mullein) is held in high esteem by the lovers of the beautiful across the water, while with us it is ranked only as a weed. They call it noble, with its sturdy spike of yellow flowers above a wealth of bold foliage, all enwrapped in a thick coating of gray, felted hairs. We call it a coarse, stiff, ungainly intruder, unworthy the room which it too often occupies. This is another illustration of the fact that the commonness of a plant, and the ease with which it may be grown, affect the esteem in which it is held. Our common poke-root is highly valued in Europe, and it is really a most stately and beautiful plant, which would be valuable here were it costly.



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