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Conspicuous are the aromatic narrow-leaved white-flowered Labrador-tea Ledum palustre ssp. decumbens and, on richer drier soils, the purple-flowered Lapland rose-bay Rhododendron lapponicum.
Masses of red valerian, and some of the graceful bright rose-bay willow-herb, give colour to the banks and overhang the walls.
Everywhere grow in all their vigor the bitter-sweet and rose-bay.
All the willow-herbs, for example, have such feathery seeds (or rather fruits) to help them on their way through life; and one kind, the beautiful pink rose-bay, flies about so readily, and over such wide spaces of open country, that the plant is known to farmers in America as fireweed, because it always springs up at once over whole square miles of charred and smoking soil after every devastating forest fire.
The objects that stand out in my memory on that journey were Salisbury Spire, and a long hill where the hedgebank was one mass of the exquisite rose-bay willow herb -- a perfect revelation to our city-bred eyes; but indeed, the whole route was like one panorama to us of L'Allegro and other descriptions on which we had fed.
(_Diapensia Lapponica_) and the Lapland rose-bay (_Rhododendron