Harper's Young People, December 23, 1879

An Illustrated Weekly

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,175 / 50 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.8
LoC Categories: AP, PZ
Downloads: 582
Added to site: 2009.03.07
mnybks.net#: 23628
Genre: Periodical
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bright green. Tiny bunches of short white roots run down in the damp mould, where they find nutriment for the plant. If you work your finger under the stem, and pull gently, it is wonderful to see the long and beautiful wreath slowly disentangle itself from the forest floor, disturbing hundreds of little wood-beetles, which scurry away to hide again among the woodland rubbish. There are two kinds of creeping green very common in all moist wooded lands at the North--the kind with leaves rising in whorls, and that with a stem covered with bristle-like spikes. This last variety has leaves, not very abundant,--which resemble a sprig of young fir, and is sometimes called "ground-fir." It is of a deep rich green color, but not so graceful for trimming as the other kind. Besides the creeping green, there are many varieties of what children call "tree-green," independent little plants rooted deep in the mould, which send up a single stalk about eight inches high. Some of these are such perfect little trees as to appe

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