(Greek word for female slave who ground corn; alluding to apparent mealiness of the fls.). Hw madordcere. Hardy perennial, smooth, stemless, bitter herbs. Lvs. thin, flat, lanceolate, grass-like, lna spread ing cluster: fls. small, in a spiked raceme, terminating a slender scape 2-3 ft. high; perianth not woolly, but. wrinkled and roughened with thick set points which give a mealy appearance. July-Aug. They like a moist but sunny situation. Prop. slowly by division or seeds. aurea, Walt. Fls. bell-shaped, fewer and shorter than in A. farinosa, yellow ; lobes short, ovate. Eastern N. Amer. B.M. 1418, erroneously as A. furinosa. Iarlnosa, Linn. Fls. longer and more tubular than in A. aurea, white; lobes lanceolate-oblong. N. Amer. L|.B.C. l2:l161. Japonica, Hort. Fls. reddish or deep purple, in long spike-E J. B. K1-:L|..r.n.