CHAP. 28.—SHRUBS, THE LEAVES OF WHICH ARE USED FOR CHAPLETS.
The leaves, also, of smilax and ivy are employed in chaplets;
indeed, the clusters of these plants are held in the very highest
esteem for this purpose: we have already1
spoken of them at
sufficient length when treating of the shrubs. There are also
other kinds of shrubs, which can only be indicated by their
Greek names, little attention having been paid by the framers
of our language to this branch of nomenclature. Most of
them grow in foreign countries, it is true; but still, it is our
duty to make some mention of them, as it is of Nature in
general that we are speaking, and not of Italy in particular.