American Weeds and Useful Plants

William Darlington

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American Weeds and Useful Plants - William Darlington

Excerpt from American Weeds and Useful Plants: Being a Second And; Illustrated Edition of Agricultural Botany

A now edition of Dock Darlington's Agricultural Botany having been called for, and as the author, at his advanced age, felt indisposed to assume the labor of a revision, the work was placed in my hands to prepare for tho press, with the author's permission to make such changes and additions as might seem desirable. Such alterations have been made in the botanical arrangement, and names, as the advance of the science required, and descriptions have been added of such plants, not included in the former edition, as are generally known as weeds. Besides these, I have noticed the common medicinal plants, and such of our native shrubs as arc worthy of cultivation, - those that are both ornamental and easily obtained. These latter may not strictly come within the class of "useful," but arc introduced with tho hope of inducing farmers to render the exterior of their homes more attractive by surrounding them with beautiful shrubbery, which, once planted, will be a permanent source of gratification not only to tho possessors, but to travelers who pass them. Tho yards of our country dwellings generally present a forlorn appearance, which the attempt often made to cultivate a few coarse flowering plants, rather increases than removes.

In the introduction of new plants, the plan of the original work has been conformed to, and the descriptions of these are taken from Darling-ton's Flora Cestrica, when that work contained them; in other cases, those in Torrey's Flora of the State of New York, and Gray's Manual of the Botany of the Northern States have been used.

I am exceedingly indebted to Prof. Gray for permission to use his Analytical Key to the Natural Orders, and have modified it, as well as some of his Synopses of Orders and Genera, to suit the present work.

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